Fund­ing anti-China ar­ti­cles in UK shows Ja­pan’s pet­ti­ness

Global Times - Weekend - - OPINION -

The Sun­day Times re­cently re­ported that Ja­pan has been pay­ing 10,000 pounds per month to a Bri­tish think tank, the Henry Jack­son So­ci­ety (HJS), to hype up “China threat” among Bri­tish high-level politi­cians.

The scan­dal ex­posed Ja­pan’s twisted shrewd­ness and is a shame on Bri­tish in­tel­lec­tual and po­lit­i­cal groups.

Ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, the HJS was paid by the Ja­panese Em­bassy in Lon­don to spread anti-China pro­pa­ganda, via the con­duit of pub­lic fig­ures such as Mal­colm Rifkind, a former Bri­tish for­eign sec­re­tary. Rifkind con­firmed that he was ap­proached by the HJS in Au­gust 2016 and asked to put his name to an ar­ti­cle ti­tled “How China could switch off Bri­tain’s lights in a cri­sis,” which crit­i­cized Hink­ley C, a UK-Chi­nese nu­clear power sta­tion.

The prac­tice is a clear vi­o­la­tion of so­cial stan­dards and morals. Western me­dia did not fol­low up on the story and Ja­panese me­dia re­mained silent about the news. Such si­lence is unimag­in­able if China and Rus­sia were found to have been in­volved in sim­i­lar scan­dals.

The event shows that sab­o­tag­ing China has been an im­por­tant mis­sion of Ja­panese over­seas out­posts, some­thing China would never do. The be­hav­ior re­veals the in­sid­i­ous­ness and pet­ti­ness of Ja­panese di­plo­macy, which is hu­mil­i­at­ing for the en­tire East Asia.

With 10,000 pounds, the Bri­tish think tank has sold both its spirit of in­de­pen­dence and pride. Or maybe it’s be­cause we have over­es­ti­mated the in­tegrity of the in­tel­lec­tual groups of the UK. We do not know whether the scan­dal is merely the tip of an ice­berg of anti-China drive or an iso­lated event. We also don’t know to what ex­tent the HJS is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of other think tanks in the UK.

Some crit­i­cisms from the West are so ob­vi­ously ab­surd and il­log­i­cal that we can sense the bias or hos­til­ity to­ward China. We don’t know why the Western in­tel­lec­tu­als who are so keen on ad­vo­cat­ing a spirit of ob­jec­tive­ness and sci­ence have made so many shal­low mis­takes. Is it be­cause of ide­o­log­i­cal dif­fer­ences or geopo­lit­i­cal “con­spir­a­cies” like the one plot­ted by the Ja­panese em­bassies?

Be­fore and af­ter the US pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, the main­stream Western me­dia were in a war with Don­ald Trump, show­ing the hid­den “po­lit­i­cal hand” that was pre­vi­ously un­known to the Chi­nese au­di­ence.

Now, we are shocked to see what a mere sum of 10,000 pounds could do to the Bri­tish pub­lic opin­ion. We hope that most Bri­tish peo­ple are as an­gry as we are when they hear the story, and feel un­com­fort­able about such an in­ap­pro­pri­ate deal tak­ing place in their own coun­try.

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