A Japanese academic published a treaty saying the Diaoyu Islands belonged to the Chinese in ancient times, and everyone in China applauds. But the fact that this book could be published in Japan is the very reason why Japan is strong today. In China, if anyone says that the Islands were once part of the Ryukyu Kingdom (Editor’s note: A tiny kingdom that existed 1429-1879 later annexed by Japan), he is at once labelled a traitor by the masses. This is why China remains weak, and why it has lost the Diaoyu Islands. A people without freedom and tolerance cannot possibly be strong. For if a nation can’t even protect private property, how can it hope to protect national soil?
— Scholar and blogger Wu Zuolai (吴祚来) on what makes Japan strong and China weak today. [via]