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In Japan’s case, the interference is with the right of people to worship and pray wherever they want whenever they want, such as at Yasukuni Shrine. The true test of whether a country is earnest in developing peaceful ties will always depend on whether it can desist from interfering in the domestic politics of another — not undermine it. It will also depend on China resisting the temptation to seek legitimacy by emphasizing the history of another country while denying its own, namely the death of millions of Chinese under communist rule.

Pushing the premise that Japan wronged China by murdering millions while China murdered millions more is disingenuous to say the least — that is unless Chinese killing Chinese is preferable to Japanese killing Chinese.

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