China Criticizes Tokyo Education Authorities
Friday, August 27, 2004 Posted: 11:42 AM JST
China Thursday criticized education authorities in Tokyo for their decision to allow the use of school textbooks whitewashing Japan's history of aggression and invasion, China Daily reports today.
"The nature of the problem regarding the textbooks in Japan is whether the Japanese side can correctly handle their history of invasion," said a Chinese Foreign Ministry statement.
It added: "The Japanese side should take concrete action to honour its commitment on the issue and educate the Japanese young people with the correct view of history."
"The disputed textbooks were compiled by a conspiracy of right-wing politicians and historians who want to whitewash the history of the invasion," Gao Hong, an academician from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told China Daily Thursday.
"It is an extreme mistake that will surely arouse strong anger amongst peoples Japan committed atrocities against during the World War II. Japan will gain nothing from this," Gao said.
"But I do not think the textbook has been widely accepted by the Japanese people, since I know most teachers object to it," pointed out Gao, who maintains close contact with his Japanese counterparts.
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