BEIJING – A Chinese education official said Tuesday Beijing has ignored suggestions by Japan that Chinese history textbooks include positive changes that have occurred in Japan since the end of the war.
“Regarding our textbooks, the (policy) has been consistent,” Education Ministry spokesman Wang Xuming said at a monthly news conference. “There haven’t been any changes.”
Wang declined to say why the required reading for secondary school students in China omits political changes that have occurred in Japan since 1945.
References to Japan in textbooks on modern Chinese history mainly concern Japan’s 1931-1945 occupation of Chinese territory and the resistance to Japanese troops led by Communist Party founder Mao Zedong.
Since last year’s violent demonstrations against Japan in several major Chinese cities, the Japanese Embassy has gone to some length to point out that Chinese textbooks omit Japan’s postwar history.