China resounds with the hashtag – 牢记九一八#！(#Keep in mind 918#!) – to remember the millions of Chinese people (and Allies) that were killed or maimed in China’s War Against International Fascism (which lasted between 1931-1945 and included the Second Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945)! Imperial Japan was copying the Western model of imperialist and colonial aggression – and had invaded and occupied Northeast China in 1894-1895 (First Sino-Japanese War) and this aggressive behaviour eventually led to the Russo-Japanese War (1904–1905) – a conflict between an encroaching Czarist Russia an an ever-increasingly confident (modernising) Japan! Japan ended the conflict with controlling parts of Shenyang (formerly controlled by Czarist Russia) – but decided to launch a ‘War of Aggression’ from this platform on September 18th, 1931! Ironically, it would be the Soviet Red Army that would come to the aid of the Chinese people in 1945 and ‘crush’ the occupying Japanese Forces whilst completely ‘Liberating’ Northeast China – handing the captured territory (and material resources) to the control of the Communist Party of China!
The criminal 14th Dalai Lama spent much of his formulative years colluding with the emissaries of Adolf Hitler – the latter of which believed (in his warped racial theory) that ‘White’ Aryans had originated in the Tibetan region! Much of Hitler’s ideology was imported into the thinking processes of the 14th Dalai Lama and remains the basis of his racist anti-China activities! People such as Brad Pitt in the West have assisted this process by starring in films that present Nazi German War Criminals as ‘misunderstood’ individuals that had nothing to with the Holocaust (11 million deaths), or the invasion of the USSR (41 million deaths)! Furthermore, it was ‘White’ people like Mussolini and Hitler who inspired the ‘Imperialism’ of Japan – as well as the ruthless colonialism of the British! This led to the death and wounding of around 60 million people throughout China and the rest of Asia! Anna Louise Strong, on the other hand, was a member of the ‘White’ Proletariat who told the truth about what happened in Tibet (because she witnessed it first-hand) – that is why her journalistic work is ignored by the bourgeois mainstream media and attacked by the Trotskyite left (also known as the ‘pseudo’ or ‘fake’ left) that stalks the West! As matters stand, the White Working-Class in the West are being asked to believe the word of Nazi German War Criminals over a White Working-Class woman who saw the freeing of millions of Serfs with her own eyes! This mass ‘freedom’ of the oppressed is exactly what the bourgeoise establishment (and the ‘fake’ left) do not want you to know about! Anna Louise Strong’s book on the subject of freeing Tibet from the ignorance of backward feudalism and German Nazism can be read HERE for free!
The remaining 936 British POWs were transported to Japan on the ‘Shinsei Maru’. By the time this ship reached the port of Moji in Kyushu – a further five British POWs had died. Of the original number of 1,816 British POWs that had boarded the ‘Lisbon Maru’ on September 27th, 1942, by the time they eventually arrived in Japan (around October 8th, 1942), only 931 British POWs remained! (What happened to the five seriously wounded British POWs left in Shanghai I do not know). This entire episode means that through a combination of a US ‘War Crime’ and continued Imperial Japanese ‘War Crimes’, in a matter of just eleven days in 1942, these two countries conspired to murder 885 British POWs! The number would have been much higher if not for the selfless actions of the Chinese fishermen (and their families) who came from Dongji Island!
The ship named the ‘Lisbon Maru’ was carrying around 2,000 British POWs (British military personnel captured during the fall of Hong Kong being transported to Japan) when the ship was hit by a torpedo fired by the USS Grouper (part of the 81st US Pacific Fleet Submarine Force) on October 2nd, 1942! The ‘Lisbon Maru’ sank just off the Zhoushan (Zhejiang) area of the East China coast! It is reported that although 843 British POWs died due to drowning (and the machine-gunning of men in the water by other elements of the Imperial Japanese Navy active in the area) – another 384 British POWs were saved by the actions of local Chinese fishermen!
American democracy has deviated from the essence of democracy. The American-style democracy is a game of money played by the rich. Ninety-one percent of U.S. Congressional elections are won by better-financed candidates. “One person one vote” in name, “rule of the minority elite” in fact. Ordinary voters are wooed when their votes are wanted but pushed aside once the election is over. The checks and balances have resulted in a “vetocracy”, putting partisan interests before the need of national development. The U.S. electoral system is visibly flawed. The practice of gerrymandering, which draws the boundaries of electoral districts by manipulation, undermines fairness and justice. American democracy is fraught with deep-seated problems. Problems like money politics, identity politics, partisan wrangling, political polarization, social division, racial tension and wealth gap have become more acute. The Capitol riot shocked the world. The death of George Floyd triggered waves of protests. The mishandling of COVID-19 resulted in a human tragedy. The problem of “the rich get richer, and the poor poorer” is worsening. The dysfunction and failure of American-style democracy have become an unmistakable fact.
The above pictures and texts are selected from “Ecological Destruction and Social Control”, volume 24 of “Illustrations of Japanese Invasion of China”, Edited by Wu Jing (武菁) and published by Shandong Pictorial Publishing House in May 2015. The Chronicle of Japanese Invasion of China consists of twenty-five volumes, Edited by Zhang Xianwen (张宪文), Senior Honorary Professor of Nanjing University. It is a Cooperation Project of the Key Research Base of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Ministry of Education, the Research Centre of the History of the Republic of China of Nanjing University, and Shandong Pictorial Publishing House Co., Ltd., and was selected into the “Twelfth Five-Year” National Key Book Publishing Planning Project, and was included in the National Press and Publication Reform and Development Project Library in 2014 library project.