China's fighting words are full of fury

China's reaction to Tony Abbott's comments on Japanese WWII soldiers makes its political ideology clearer than ever. But if Australia is to shoehorn itself into others' history wars, it should get its own regional story right.

If much of China and Japan’s shared history starts as tragedy, in their current history wars it repeats as farce.

The most recent spat, a bitter territorial dispute over a group of tiny East China Sea islets, reached a particularly bizarre nadir earlier this year when both country’s diplomats deployed Harry Potter references in their rhetorical salvos.


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