Regarding the Sept. 3 news article “China merges symbols of war and peace in huge military show”:
By commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II with revisionist history and a military parade, China’s Communist leaders failed to reassure the world that China would rise to become a peace-loving responsible power. Leaders of the Western world wisely skipped this event.
The intended target of China’s muscle-flexing — Japan — today is a pacifist nation making valuable contributions to the international community, notwithstanding Japan’s own history problem.
Contradicting the Chinese Communist Party’s claim that it led the Chinese resistance against Japan, it was the nationalist government led by Chiang Kai-shek that fought Japan and suffered heavy casualties. As Harvard historian Jay Taylor has written , in January 1940, Zhou Enlai, who would become Chairman Mao’s right-hand man, in a secret report to Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, reported that by the Chinese Communist Party’s own account, of the more than 1 million Chinese casualties as of 1939, the Communists had suffered a mere 3 percent. French scholar Lucien Bianco also concluded that the Japanese invasion saved the Chinese Communist Party, and, had it not been for the war, the nationalists would still rule China today.
To earn respect and trust, China must come clean with its own history and back its lofty rhetoric with convincing deeds.
Vincent Wei-cheng Wang, Richmond