Leo Lewis: Neighbours see red over school map censorship

From The Times Online:

A BLOB of “wrongly” coloured ink, a controversial map of Asia and the seizure of 128 civics textbooks have plunged Japan and China into another round of bitterness and mutual distrust.

The latest incident in the troubled relationship between the two neighbours flared up yesterday when it emerged that books on their way by mail to a Japanese school in the northeastern Chinese city of Dalian had been seized by customs authorities.

This is the first time that China has interfered with books or lessons at Japanese schools within its borders, and inflames the arguments over Japan’s attitudes to its wartime past. A Japanese Cabinet insider told The Times that the seizure was “provocative and probably illegal”.


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