Один лес, два тигра

Когда правительство Японии решило проигнорировать китайские протесты и позволить бывшему президенту Тайваня Ли Тэн-хуэю посетить Японию, Китай набросился на своего азиатского соседа за то, что он "упрямо принял ошибочное решение" разрешить Ли приехать, "несмотря на частые заявления и сильное противостояние со стороны китайцев". Он даже грозил возмездием.

Этот последний спор является характерной чертой заметной вспышки анти японской деятельности в Китае с 2003 г. В августе того года рабочие-строители в Квиквихаре по ошибке разбили канистры с горчичным газом, оставленные там со времен оккупации Японией во время войны, ранив многих людей и убив, по крайней мере, одного. Реакцией китайского народа на фотографии окровавленных раненых была ярость. Быстрый сбор миллиона подписей под петицией в Интернете, которая требовала, чтобы японское правительство полностью решило проблему химического оружия, был типичным для анти японского выпада, заполнившего чат-форумы в Интернете.

Две недели спустя 400 японских бизнесменов наняли целых 500 местных китайских проституток для сексуальной вечеринки в выходные в гостинице Чжу Хай. Пикантные сообщения в китайской прессе воспламенили следующий раунд праведной ярости, используя в качестве тропа Китая изнасилованную женщину, имидж, запрещенный на протяжении долгого времени в течение правления Mao. Это совпало с 72-й годовщиной со дня Инцидента в Мукдене в 1931 г., который привел к оккупации Маньчжурии Японией; и 90% опрошенных китайцев во время проведенного социологического исследования в Интернете сказали, что они считают, что японские бизнесмены хотели преднамеренно унизить Китай.

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