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A Chinese national flag is seen in front of a chimney of a heat supply plant in Beijing.
A Chinese national flag is seen in front of a chimney of a heat supply plant in Beijing.
(KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS)

How China is seeking to make friends and not alienate people

China is hardly stowing the verbal artillery that seems permanently aimed at Japan. State-owned newspapers have, in the past month alone, interviewed survivors of the Nanjing massacre; raged against a “naming farce” after Japan assigned it own names to several islands claimed by China; accused Tokyo of “maliciously” playing up “the so-called China threat”; and called Australia “foolish” for seeking closer ties with Japan.