Australia risks becoming collateral damage in the Asian history wars

Tony Abbott has inadvertently mired himself in one of the most hotly contested wars in Asia -- the battle over the memories of Japan's imperial and colonial legacy.

When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe touched down in Canberra last Monday for a historic visit to Australia, a sombre-looking Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a ceremony in Beijing commemorating the 77th anniversary of the Marco Polo Bridge incident, when the imperial Japanese Army officially invaded China.

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