The Potsdam Declaration and Shinzo Abe

By Zhao Jinglun
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As we mark the 69th anniversary of the Potsdam Declaration issued on July 26, 1945, the people of the world need to heighten their awareness of Japanese PM Shinzo Abe's actions, which are in direct violation of the Declaration.

Article 8 of the Declaration states: "The terms of the Cairo Declaration shall be carried out and Japanese sovereignty shall be limited to the islands of Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, Shikoku and such minor islands as we determine."

The Cairo Declaration states that "Japan shall be stripped of all the islands in the Pacific it had seized or occupied since the beginning of World War I," and that "all the territories Japan has stolen from the Chinese, such as Manchuria, Formosa (currently Chinese Taiwan), and the Pescadores shall be restored to the Republic of China."

But Japan refused to restore the Diaoyu Islands to China. Instead it "nationalized" them!

Both the Cairo and Potsdam Declarations were designed to establish a post World War II anti-fascist world order, and Shinzo Abe's Japan is doing everything it can to subvert that world order.

It denies Japan's war crimes, far from atoning for them. In addition to visiting the Yasukuni Shrine which contains the graves of fourteen Class-A war criminals, Abe visited Papua New Guinea in early June to pay respect to Japan's World War II war dead, including Isoroku Yamamoto, the mastermind of Japan's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.

Washington did nothing in response to that serious provocation. Instead, it promises to complete the revision of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between Japan and the United States before end of this year, so as to further tighten their military alliance.

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