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Will the majority of China's population ever put history aside when reacting to foreign issues?

Over the recent months, millions of Chinese have protested the need for an attack on the Japanese due to their purchasing of the Senkaku Islands. But clearly this issue is less related to the public's anger at the event and more about the centuries of bad blood that have formed between the two. The occupation of China during WWII and the Mukden Incident still linger with China's youth, and it seems this will only lead to a never ending cycle of small face-offs between them and Japan. The effects of the Cultural Revolution still loom large in China's people, and there doesn't seem to be many signs that they will put past events aside in the future if problems with Japan or other nations they hold a grudge against. One odd example is the fact that China is allowing all European visitors to enter China without a Visa except for Norway due to the fact that Norway awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo for his"long and nonviolent struggle for fundamental human rights in China." What I'm wondering is whether you think any of China's leaders are trying/will try to implement changes to minimize their preconceptions of Japan and others when concerning foreign issues and make future incidents such as these less frequent?


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    Jan 11 2013: A few months ago I was sitting in a classroom in Shangai listening to the boy sitting next to me tell another that in fact China owed a lot of its culture to Japan and that China should be treating Japan as the brother it really is.

    I was suprised

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