Monday, July 1, 2013
On May 26, the Chinese prime minister Li Keqiang visited the Potsdam Conference in the state of Brandenburg, Germany. Li reviewed copies of the Potsdam Declaration and Cairo Declaration. “The Potsdam Declaration represents a banner of justice, more importantly, an ultimatum issued to the fascist forces of the world.” Twenty days later, Japan announced acceptance of the Potsdam Declaration, and its unconditional surrender. This was a victory both for the Chinese people and people elsewhere. This history will never be forgotten. “Speaking as a Chinese person and representative of the Chinese people, I stressed that paragraph 8 of the Potsdam Declaration makes clear that ‘the terms of the Cairo Declaration shall be carried out.’ The Cairo Declaration, in turn, states that all the territories that Japan has stolen from China, such as Northeast China, Taiwan, and related islands, shall be restored to China. This was a victory secured at the price of tens of thousands of lives and an important underpinning of the world order established after WWII. All peace-loving people should uphold the post-war peace order which brooks no damage and denial. All peace-loving people should uphold the post-war order which brooks no damage nor denial ‘By looking into a mirror, one can make sure that he is dressed properly.’ Only by facing history squarely, can one have a future. The Chinese people will not accept any comments or actions that seek to deny or glorify the history of fascist aggression; nor are these acceptable to the forces of justice elsewhere that value peace. China would like to work with all peace-loving people to uphold the post-war order and safeguard world peace and prosperity (The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Websites, May 26, 2013).”
China has made clear that the Diaoyu Islands will not forgotten, and these islets shall be returned to China. Yet, the Japanese spokesman, Suga Yoshihiko, rejected by saying, “It (Li’s speech) is totally ignored in history. The Senkaku Islands have been Japanese territory. And Japan is currently administrating it (TBS News, May 27, 2013).” Well, which history are Japan and China talking about?
Source: BBC News (access date: June 27, 2013).