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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Big Brass Ones

It takes big brass ones to do this considering what your nation has done in the past.

A Chinese government official says China will decline any request for the return of ancient Japanese treasures given in tribute to past Chinese rulers.

Beijing's Palace Museum has several hundred items dedicated by the Ryukyu Kingdom, now Japan's prefecture of Okinawa, to ancient Chinese emperors.

He was responding to Japanese media reports that officials in Okinawa had asked Japan's new ambassador to China, Yuji Miyamoto, to "return the Ryukyuan treasures to their hometown".
Wow, considering the massive amounts of treasure looted by Japan over the past century, this really is galling. How about we start by returning all the stuff you stole, then feel free to ask for things.