Benjamin Morgan: Truth lost in China history

From AFP, via The Standard:

While learning materials in mainland high schools take special pains to outline Japanese aggression beginning with the 1874 invasion of Taiwan, China’s involvement in the 1950-53 Korean war is dismissed in one sentence.

At the same time, such are the holes in modern Chinese history that the average mainland college graduate still believes China is a “peaceful country” which has fought wars only in self-defense.

Completely absent from textbooks is China’s 1951 invasion and subsequent colonisation of an independent Tibet. Erased, too, is the 1962 attack on India and the ill-fated 1979 incursion into Vietnam.

Only a country that respects history, takes responsibility for history and wins over the trust of

peoples in Asia and the world at large can take greater responsibilities in the international


–Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, New Delhi, 12 April 2005

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