President Park’s China trip a logical choice

Source:Global Times Published: 2015-8-21 0:03:01

Seoul announced Thursday that South Korean President Park Geun-hye will visit China from September 2 to 4 and will participate in the commemoration that marks the 70th anniversary of victory in China's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression as well as the World Anti-Fascist War. Park and the South Korean government have made the right decision.

The Blue House also expressed that it is not yet determined whether Park will attend the military parade on the morning of September 3. Zhang Liangui, a professor at the Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, considers it a strategic gesture made by Seoul of visiting China at the "right time." 

It is reasonable and logical for Park to attend China's anniversary event. Public opinion polls in South Korea indicate that the number of people who support Park to do so is more than two times that of those who do not. On September 3, her appearance at Tiananmen Square with many other state leaders is likely to happen. 

China has sufficient moral reasons to hold this military parade. Some from the outside world are speculating about Beijing's intentions beyond what's been proclaimed. However, their thoughts can only be spread at the bottom of the public opinion field, which can never be raised on the diplomatic table.

So far, not one single official from major countries in the world, including Japan, has publicly accused China of having "impure purposes" over the parade. Even if there might be some Western leaders absent from the event, they have or will either avoid public comment over the issue, or figure out a reason acceptable for both countries.

The military parade will show China's historical responsibility, as well as the spirit of Chinese modern society. It has nothing to do with geopolitical games.

Some Japanese always believe that Beijing's parade is aimed at Tokyo. Put bluntly, those Japanese have flattered themselves. It would be a self-deprecation for China's national rejuvenation if the parade is directed against Japan.

Rising peacefully is the firm will of all Chinese society. Given the era that is full of complexity, we have felt the difficulty of letting certain members of the international community understand our good faith and determination. We have realized that it is bound to be a tortuous process, and we have prepared enough patience to properly handle the issues.

Tokyo should be at ease. The parade is absolutely not aimed at making Sino-Japanese relations trickier. On the contrary, the mainstream wish of Chinese society is to take this opportunity of the 70th anniversary of the end of the war to promote reconciliation between the two sides, rather than increasing antagonism.

Nor does China have the intention of showing its military muscle to the world by displaying new weapons through the parade. All these years, China would rather hope the outside world underestimate its strength, instead of overestimating it. This philosophy will not be abruptly changed on September 3.

Park's decision to come reflects South Korea's rational understanding of China's military parade.

Other world leaders, regardless of whether they attend Beijing's event or not, should find some inspiration from Seoul's logic.

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