Wednesday, December 27, 2006

China, Japan's history talks

BEIJING (AFP) - China and Japan held a second day of sensitive talks on resolving bitter disputes over their shared history but experts saw little hope the vast gulf between the giants could be bridged.

Koji Okamoto, a professor emeritus of Asian history at Osaka International University, said the meeting was merely "camouflage" meant -- by political leaders of both sides -- to give the appearance of dialogue.

He noted the inclusion of ancient history in the talks, which he called an attempt by Japan to play up less-contentious eras.

"The Japanese can show that Sino-Japanese relations were not only about conflicts, but go back several thousand years and relations were originally good," he said.

"This gives the image of sharing opinions, although it's really camouflage."

Yang Yi, a leading academic at the National Defense University of China, wrote Wednesday in the state-controlled China Daily that "friendship and cooperation constitute the mainstream of the 2,000-year" history between the two.Wed Dec 27,

Another Chinese ex-editor of the magazine,"the freezing point" which was forced to discontinue to be published by CCP because it published the articles that dissent from the official history of China, said, "A Chinese historian represent the state, a Japanese historian talks about his own view as a scholar, the result is they keep talking without a consensus."

Still another Japanese historian warns, that in China, CCP interprets history.

Yomiuri editor suggests that it might be a good idea to have American historian join the meeting so that Chinese may not emotionally accuse Japanese scientific study of denying the crime Japan committed.
(For instance as for Nanjing massacre, China's official position is that more than 300,000 were victims, while the population at Nanjing turned out to be 200,000-250,000

It might be camouflage, but the basic idea is good.
We should note the change of Chinese attitude toward Japan. It seems they are beginning to separate the issue of politics from that of history.
Besides if the result of disagreement is available to general public, the meeting is not entirely useless even in view of historical study.



 ▼ 「氷点週刊」のように、政治的な正史に対する学術的な研究の差になるとの真っ当な予測だった。それにしても、李さんが当局にとがめられずに、政権批判が可能なのは不思議だ。実際、かの地ではシンガポール紙の香港駐在記者やニューヨーク・タイムズ紙の中国人助手が拘束されている。



(2006/12/21 05:04)


See also note [3]




 「過去の過ちをもみ消そうとしている」といった感情論を招かずに、実証的な議論を進められるか。米国など第三者の研究者を参加させることも一案だろう。(2006年12月24日2時1分 読売新聞

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