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Chinese group appeals to emperor for returnof 1,300-year-old artifact
BEIJING —A Chinese organization has appealed toJapan’s Emperor Akihito to return a 1,300 year-old stele taken from China overa century ago, state media reported.
The Honglujing Stele was “looted byJapanese soldiers early last century from northeastern China”, the officialXinhua news agency said, and now sits in “virtual seclusion” in Tokyo’sImperial Palace.
The stone monument, 1.8 meters tall andthree meters wide, shows that the first king of the northeast Asian Bohaikingdom was given his title by a Chinese emperor from the Tang Dynasty(618-907), the report said.
The China Federation of DemandingCompensation from Japan (CFDC) sent a letter to Akihito and the Japanesegovernment on Sunday via Tokyo’s embassy in Beijing, Xinhua reported Monday.
“What we try to recover is not just the relicitself, but also a symbol of international justice,” it quoted CFDC presidentTong Zeng as saying.
It was unclear what impact includingAkihito in the letter would have as the emperor has no power under Japan’sconstitution, and all imperial household property belongs to the state.
The palace grounds are open to visitors ononly two days a year, but there is no public access to the building itself,where an Imperial Household Agency official told AFP the stele is kept.
He declined to comment on the demand forits return, saying: “We have not received any official request.”
Japan’s presence in China and Koreaexpanded after it defeated China’s Qing Dynasty in the Sino-Japanese War of1894-95 and Russia in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05.
The stele was taken from an area Tokyocaptured from Russia in the latter war and sent to Japan in 1908, the Xinhuareport said.
Xinhua described the CFDC as a “civicgroup”, and said it was established in 2006 to seek “compensation for personal,material and spiritual damage caused by Japanese militarism during thecountry’s aggression against China in the 20th century”.
Bohai, also known internationally by Koreanspellings including Balhae, Palhae and Parhae, lasted from 698-926 andsucceeded another northeast Asian kingdom known as Koguryo.
Both are regarded in Pyongyang and Seoul asancient Korean political entities, but their history is highly politicised asChinese scholars have emphasised their cultural, political, ethnic andgeographic links to China, angering Korean scholars and officials.
Japan in 2005 gave South Korea a stelecommemorating Korean victories against invading Japanese forces in the late16th century that had been taken to Japan in the early 20th century. Seoullater sent it to North Korea for return to its original location.
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论坛地址：http://www.*****/bbs/thread-309419-1-1.html 7 ReformedBasherAug.12, 2014 - 03:21PM JST The China Federation of DemandingCompensation from Japan (CFDC) sent a letter to Akihito and the Japanesegovernment on Sunday via Tokyo’s embassy in Beijing, Xinhua reported. How about asking instead of demanding? And who should really own it? One of theKoreas or China? (Or Taiwan?)
1 Brandon ShermanAug.12, 2014 - 03:36PM JST You don't ask for things when you own theworld.
7 afanofjapanAug.12, 2014 - 03:54PM JST Interesting how the article indicates they"appealed to" and are "seeking" and other soft words, yetthe association's name, as well as the letter was actually a demand. I thinkthey shot themselves in the foot if they wanted to get a nice response fromJapan.
8 Thunderbird2Aug.12, 2014 - 04:03PM JST The China Federation of DemandingCompensation from Japan (CFDC) They have an entire organisation dedicatedto 'demanding compensation'? And it's dedicated to seeking... “compensation for personal, material andspiritual damage caused by Japanese militarism during the country’s aggressionagainst China in the 20th century”. Spiritual damage? What on earth isspiritual damage?
Anyway, organisations like this exist to fuel Chinese hatred of Japan.
7 gokai_wo_manekuAug.12, 2014 - 05:38PM JST China scholars indicating cultural linkswith Korea? That's where it starts! Watch out Korea. China is about to claimKorea as part of its "inherent territory" for historical reasons!
-3 smithinjapanAug.12, 2014 - 05:53PM JST ReformedBasher: "How about askinginstead of demanding?" I'm with you on this one. When I read thearticle and how the artifact in question is basically never seen and remains in'seclusion', and that it was looted by Imperial troops, I thought it would be anice and proper thing to give it back, but I don't think the tone of the CFDCis in any way in the proper spirit and is making it more of a current politicalissue (ex. "It's about international justice!", etc.) between the twonations. That, in turn, makes it less likely they will get it back.
4 KariHarukaAug. 12,2014 - 06:01PM JST Okay.. So if Japan does hand it back itbetter be to the ROC in Taiwan.
3 hachikouAug. 12, 2014- 06:08PM JST Obelisk in Paris, All treasures in BritishMuseum taken fro Egypt or Africa. Any other stolen things in Europe andAmerica. Should they be returned to where they originally came from??? I don't thnk so.~
3 virgo98Aug. 12, 2014 -06:36PM JST Could China handle such articraft properly,in the first place? So many national treasures in ROK have beenfound damaged recently without proper care. I'm afraid the same thing would happen inChina, even if they are returned.
3 CH3CHOAug. 12, 2014 -06:54PM JST The Honglujing Stele was "looted byJapanese soldiers early last century from northeastern China", theofficial Xinhua news agency said Japan's presence in China and Koreaexpanded after it defeated China’s Qing Dynasty in the Sino-Japanese War of1894-95 and Russia in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05. The stele was takenfrom an area Tokyo captured from Russia in the latter war and sent to Japan in1908, the Xinhua report said. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honglujing_Stele According to Wikipedia, Honglujing stelewas located in Lushun (aka Port Arthur), which became Japanese concession fromRussian concession as a result of Treaty of Portsmouth in 1905. http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Portsmouth Saying the stele was "looted" byJapanese soldiers, after the war ended and after the city became Japaneseconcession, is very strange.
3 Kato_KoshiroAug.12, 2014 - 07:03PM JST Does anybody really believe that theChinese really gives a d*mn to artifacts or 70 years ago so called victims?
3 lucabrasiAug. 12,2014 - 07:04PM JST I think "demand" is just a poor translation. I can't speak Chinese, but I know that theyuse the same word, 要求, as the Japanese, which can be 'ask' or 'demand', in English,depending on context.
5 m6bobAug. 12, 2014 -08:07PM JST So to further distract the attention of theyoung Internet-savy Chinese generation who might be up for an uprising againstthe CCP, there is now an additional issue to keep the Chinese youths hatredfocused on Japan. I've lost count of the many issues brought to bear. EmperorXi certainly have a long list of KPIs to meet!