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James Gibney

China Follows Japan's Prewar Blueprint

China's behavior in Southeast Asia is reminiscent of Japan's pre-war bullying.
An anti-China protest in Vietnam.                                         Source: VNExpress/AFP via Getty Images
An anti-China protest in Vietnam.                                         Source: VNExpress/AFP via Getty Images

For all China's stern injunctions to Japan to remember wartime history, its bumbling aggression in Southeast Asia suggests it also could use a refresher course.

The arrival of a Chinese oil rig in waters claimed by both China and Vietnam is a case in point. Demonstrations in Vietnam over China's bullying deteriorated into a series of attacks by Vietnamese on foreign businesses, many run by Taiwanese with Chinese workers, that resulted in two dead and scores injured.