The recent scandal, sparked by Chinese police harassing a girl for wearing a Japanese kimono, brought to light the secret of the actual relationship that the leader, Mao Zedong, had with the Japanese, which would embarrass the Chinese. 

A tweet from the editor-in-chief of the media What’s on Weibo, Manya Koetse, adds the video of the aggression suffered by the girl and relates: 

“A young Chinese woman was taken away by local police in Suzhou last Wednesday because she was wearing a kimono. “If you were wearing Hanfu (traditional Chinese clothing), I never would have said this, but you are wearing a kimono, as a Chinese. You are Chinese!” (the policeman scolded her).'”

The girl told how she was interrogated for five hours; her phone was searched, her kimono was confiscated, and she was warned not to post the incident on social media, which she evidently did not obey.

The incident occurred on Huaihai Street in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. This street is an area of “Japanese popular culture” with restaurants and stores with signs written in Japanese characters.

The video immediately sparked controversy. It pitted those who approved of the police action and congratulated them for “the duty done,” against those who considered the police committed an injustice. Those who disapprove hold that it is not illegal to wear a kimono. Also, it sets precedence to prohibit other preferences of citizens.

What became clear from the incident was that a large part of the Chinese population cultivates anti-Japanese sentiments, which, in turn, are sustained by agents in the service of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

However, history points out that Mao’s relationship with the Japanese was very different from that taught to the Chinese, which gave rise to embarrassing incidents such as the one involving the girl in a kimono.

Why do the Chinese detest the Japanese?

The sense of national antagonism that the Chinese cultivated toward the Japanese, who invaded Manchuria from 1931 until the end of World War II, is well known.

Therefore, one of the participants of the discussion on the kimono event wrote: “It is right to punish the behavior of the kimono. We must not forget the humiliation of our country, and we must remember history forever.”

As a result of the horrors of the war, millions of Chinese died. Despite the intervening decades and the CCP’s resumption of diplomatic relations with Japan under Mao Zedong, negative feelings toward the Japanese remain.

A jealously guarded ‘secret’

Widespread feelings of rejection of the Japanese have been mitigated to some extent, as evidenced by the fact that there is a “Japanese folk culture” zone on Huaihai Street in Suzhou. However, the leaders of the Chinese regime, the relationship with the Japanese is not as they usually portray it. 

“For a long time, the CCP has lied that it is “the mainstay leading the whole nation’s war of resistance.” However, the historical truth is that the CCP colluded with Japanese intelligence agencies and the Japanese army to destroy the Chinese national army that was actually fighting Japan,” according to Secret China media, on Aug. 20.

It elaborates further, emphasizing, “Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai thanked Japan many times for its agressión against China and voluntarily gave Japan huge war compensation.” 

Historically, Mao thanked Japanese personalities at least six times since 1956. Moreover, on one occasion, Mao recounted that when a leading Japanese, Saburo Nango, offered him apologies for the invasion, he replied:

“No, if Japanese imperialism had not launched a large-scale aggression and occupied most of China, it would have been impossible for the entire Chinese people to unite against imperialism, and the Chinese Communist Party would not have been able to win.”

The CCP’s army grew from a mere 10,000 men to 1,200,000, thanks to the threat posed by the presence of Japanese troops in the country.

Not only that, it is even more surprising to learn that tens of thousands of Japanese soldiers fought side by side with the Chinese army so that it would gain power by force of arms and not by the democratically expressed will of the people.

According to the data of Kato Matsudaira, director of the research office of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at least 60,000 Japanese soldiers fought for the CCP army.

For author Zachary Keck, the Chinese regime’s version of its “resistance” to the Japanese invasion is hypocritical: “The CCP has long claimed credit for having tirelessly defended China from the Imperial Japanese army. This couldn’t be further from the truth, however.”

He adds, “As I have noted elsewhere, Japan’s invasion of China saved the CCP from Chiang Kai-shek and the KMT, and ultimately allowed Mao to defeat the KMT in the ensuing civil war.”

He also clarifies that the Kuomintang army waged major battles against the Japanese under Chiang Kai-shek. Eventually, international pressure forced him to ally with the CCP to continue fighting them. 

He also notes that successive Japanese governments have apologized for crimes committed against China in the past, while the CCP has not done the same for the millions of Chinese killed during its seizure of power.

Among the crimes of the Chinese regime is that caused by the: “widespread famine that killed tens of millions of people during the Great Leap Forward.” 

A double standard that becomes evident

The manipulation of information that the CCP usually uses is well known. Hence, the version of the facts it spreads abroad is very different from the one it disseminates inside the country.

The population can only access the information supplied after being censored and approved by Beijing. In addition, all data from abroad is severely filtered by the computer wall surrounding it.

Thus, the population is “brainwashed,” by the constant bombardment with a version of events that magnifies the alleged “exploits” of the CCP while denigrating its opponents’ actions.

However, citizens are becoming aware of this situation and are looking beyond the official versions. To some extent, several dissident groups are contributing to this “awakening.” One of them is the Great Translators’ Movement (TGTM).

In a recent case, the double standards that characterize the Chinese regime were again in evidence. The case was denounced by netizen Li Qing (李 庆) in one of his tweets on Aug. 25.

Li Qing recounted, “Heavyweight: Liu Jian, the top-level police inspector of the Public Security Bureau of Bengbu City in Anhui Province, was recently arrested by the Anhui Provincial Public Security Bureau for collusion with foreign forces. He is ‘suspected of subverting state power’ because he reported corruption and major leadership problems within the Bengbu Public Security Bureau.'”

He added: “The problems reported by Liu Jian were verified by the investigation team sent by the Central Political and Legal Committee and the Ministry of Public Security. Then, strangely, some of the people involved were hastily dealt with and received light sentences. As a result, they came out unharmed, while Liu Jian remained behind bars.”

There are many cases in which the CCP gives preference to the leaders and people it wants to protect instead of giving priority to justice and those who denounce “corruption and major leadership problems.” 

As in the case of Mao and his relationship with the Japanese, the Chinese regime insists on hiding the veracity of the facts from the citizens while maintaining a double standard that erodes the trust it deceitfully pretends it grants to the Chinese. 

The BL has translated some comments for viewer convenience 

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