December 04, 2021

The other history controversy: China and the Korean War

Beijing continues to deny what really happened in Korea in 1950-53 – and its role in the conflict

All eyes in Asia will turn toward Tokyo this August on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of the Second World War. Asians especially will be eager to hear what Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe chooses to say – and to avoid saying – with regard to his country’s Pacific War legacy. There is, however, a second case of conflicting historic narratives regarding modern Asian history which is drawing scant attention. Yet this other historic disparity has the potential to have a far greater impact on the future of Korea, both North and South.

Xi’s remarks clearly spelled out the wide discrepancy between Chinese and North Korean views on the origins of that war and those of the Americans and South Koreans