(Reuters) - China used the 70th anniversary of World War Two's D-Day landings on Friday to praise Germany for its contrition over its wartime past and slam Japan for what Beijing views as Tokyo's continued denial of its brutal history.To which Al-Jazeera retorted:
It is ironic that China, a country that commits human rights abuses today, focuses so much attention on Japan’s misdeeds 80 years agoTreaty of Versailles that ended World War I) or Japan, whose invasions of Korea and China (1937-1941) was ostensibly based on a kind of Manifest Destiny not unlike America's westward expansions. Japan needed raw materials abundant in China and Hitler needed lebensraum ... but both adventures were cloaked in a grandeur of vision that seldom, if ever, referred to plain old greed.
As ever, there is/was a sweeping vision and a 'necessity' and people died for it and now, today, in Normandy and elsewhere, there are heartfelt memories that do not remember enough.
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