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Asia press concern at China-Japan row
Chinese flag is hoisted in front of the eggs- and paint- stained Japanese consulate, Monday April 17, Shanghai
Shanghai protesters redecorate Japan's consulate
There is concern in the media across Asia at the wider impact of the decline in relations between China and Japan.

Some newspapers, especially in countries occupied by Japan during World War II, smart at what they see as Tokyo's revision of history.

Others urge the two sides to resolve quickly the chain of disagreements for the benefit of the region as a whole.

Stability and friendly co-operation between the two is very important to the region and the world as a whole... Both China and Japan are aware of these disadvantages arising from their deteriorating relations and know that they must heal the rift. Beijing explains that the earlier protests were spontaneous and did not target Japanese people while Tokyo asks China to establish a joint history research group.

Japanese PM Koizumi has proposed a Japan-China summit to deal with the current tensions. This solution is correct and beneficial to bilateral relations.

Voice of Vietnam radio web site, commentary

Korea's foreign ministry expressed deep concern over the magnifying history face-off in the region that is already overwrought with North Korea's nuclear ambitions. A foreign ministry official emphasised the basic principle that a country can only benefit the most when neighbouring countries remain on good terms.

While urging an end to violent protests, the official added Japan should learn from this the importance of correct interpretation of history.

South Korea's The Korea Herald, editorial

A worsening in relations between two of the world's biggest economies may have a considerable impact on the global economy as well on the stability of East Asia...

While it is true that the leaders in Beijing selectively permitted the demonstrations, it must be pointed out that the protests are a genuine reflection of the anti-Japanese sentiment among the Chinese people...

If the Japanese, like the Germans, face its past mistakes and make a sincere effort to make amends, it will win more respect and fare better with its neighbours, particular those that were victims of its militarism.

Taiwan's China Post, editorial

For quite some time, the world only recognised two strategies of resolving bilateral conflicts or disputes, namely political and military approaches...

Meanwhile, the massive protests held in several big cities in China in the past few weeks have become yet another obvious example of street diplomacy. This shows that the protesters tried to resolve the bilateral conflict in a wild, unethical way.

Even though the central issue of the Malaysian-Indonesian row is different from that of China and Japan, the expected goals of the rally sponsors and provocateurs in Indonesia and China are the same, that is, to impose their own will on their rivals.

Malaysia's Berita Harian in Malay, editorial

We must remind politicians not to interpret the Chinese community's reaction in racial terms. The Chinese community has taken the lead in urging Japan to accept the real history and apologise, because the Chinese community was the biggest victim of the Japanese invasion of peninsular Malaysia...

This has nothing to do with racial obsession. Politicians and scholars should not politicise this issue.

Malaysia's China Press in Chinese, editorial

The history of the behaviour of Japanese troops in war is indeed a sensitive issue... But it appears that Japan has failed to put this sensitivity into account when compiling history textbooks...

It is obligatory for Japan to change its stance on the past.

Indonesia's Suara Merdeka, editorial

Due to long-standing resentment resulting from the ruthlessness of the country during World War II, anti-Japanese sentiment never fades away in mainland China...

What can we see from the current anti-Japanese sentiment in the era of Chinese openness and industrialisation? The nationalism of the Chinese people never fades away, particularly in demonstrating their country's self-esteem to their former coloniser.

Indonesia's Jawa Pos, editorial

In the late 1970s I vividly remember the angry demonstrations in China and South Korea and the protests against the "rewriting" of history by textbook authors in Tokyo. They charged then that Japan was embarked on a new era of militarism because of phrases referring to the "invasion" of China by Japan being amended to a mere Japanese "advance" into China, etc...

But this week's riots should concern us even more greatly. For a rise in Chinese nationalism and xenophobia, since China is now so economically vigorous and militarily militant, poses a danger to us all here in Asia, within this giant nation's geographical sphere. But not as much danger as it poses, it must be said, to the regime itself in Beijing.

The Philippine Star commentary by Max V Soliven

In light of the unfolding drama in north-east Asia, one must be grateful for the existence of Asean [Association of South East Asian Nations]...

Despite nagging criticisms that it is, in actuality, a consensus-building body that constantly sweeps difficulties under the rug, Asean's credibility as a regional organisation that provides stability has withstood the test of time.

Thailand's The Nation, editorial

Japan's open distortion of history and visits to the Yasukuni Shrine are, in essence, little short of praising militarism and a full revelation of its intention to whitewash and repeat its history of aggression...

What is more serious is that the Japanese reactionaries are now becoming desperate in their bid for territorial expansion, triggering off territorial disputes with neighbouring countries.

North Korea's Nodong Sinmun, editorial

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