Peaceful co-existence in the Asia Pacific is also good for Australia
In searching for a reliable history of Japan-Korea and China, we came across an article in Quora, written by an Indian national, Kedaram Subramaniyan and former Retired Professor of English, who wrote a short but succinct historical account of the three countries dating back 2,000 years. Many readers who cannot read Japanese, Korean or Chinese will find this a reasonable description of history without political bias.
The first conflict occurred between Japan-China and involved Korean took place in AD 663 during the Tang dynasty, followed by another major one during the Ming Dynasty. The last major conflict arose as a result of the modernization of Japan. It is important for modern and contemporary Asians to read such history and really understand why these 3 countries have been at war and the reasons. As the killing power increases with each century, culminating in the dreaded nuclear bombs, decent human beings will have no choice but to turn to peaceful and diplomatic means of resolving problems and conflicts.
Dr Shuhua Xu, a population geneticist belonging to the Chinese Academy of Science and Shanghai Institute for Biological Sciences, concluded from his research that the “Common ancestor of Han Chinese, Japanese and Koreans dated to 3,300 to 3,600 years ago.
By being inclusive and responsive to each other’s needs and the need to find and share our natural resources for economic survival through peaceful means is the way forward. War brings more sufferings and mutual destruction of lives and properties. It never really solves any problem but creates hatred among peoples that can have lasting serious consequences. Hence, mutual respect, mutual help and peaceful co-existence with goodwill, will guarantee a win-win situation for all under peaceful development in the Asia Pacific or for that matter any part of the world.
We were prompted to write this article of peace and goodwill because we were surprised and delighted that a Japanese diplomat, HE Mr Tokoro FURUYA (Political Minister) from the Consular and General Affairs, Embassy of Japan in Canberra, has extended a hand of friendship to a group of Chinese Australian community leaders in Sydney and initiated a friendly and serious dialogue about Japan-China relations; and at the same time, find out more about the role of ethno-specific (Japanese) community in Australia within a multicultural frame work.
In a dinner function, with Mr Furuya, who is fluent in English and Mandarin, many topics were discussed, including sensitive issues. We all learn from this exchange is that the way forward to peace can be pleasant if we are prepared to put down our prejudices and preconceived judgement; and speak about common interests, mutual respect and understanding. Whatever happened in history has passed and the only way to a peaceful future is to continue our forward-looking vision of “one people, one world.”
We thank Mr Furuya for the opportunity for a great dialogue and we would suggest meeting with other Chinese Australian leaders in Melbourne when the lockdown is over. We wish Mr Furuya well in his career and hope his skills and peaceful approach and empathy for the Chinese people, will make him a great future diplomat for peace.
Dr Anthony Pun, OAM, Foundation President CCCA & National Coordinator NCALG
Mr Kingsley Liu, President, CCCA
Dr Ka Sing Chua, National Senior Adviser, Chinese Community Council of Australia.
National Chinese Australian Leaders Group: Maria Chan, Shirley Huang, Dickson Mak, Daphne Lowe Kelley, James Leung, Lee Xj Li, Tony Tang, Kee Guan Saw, Junxi Su, Khoon Tan, Michael Yau OAM. Li Zhang, Mark Wang and May Hu, OAM. Sam Wong AM