Interesting article in today's WSJ and NYTimes today. China called upon Japan to airlift blankets and tents to earthquake riddled Sichuan provence.
Tokyo's bright idea - "Let's airlift them with a bunch of Japanese military planes!"
Beijing actually acquiesced until today, when they went "Dude! Did you forget about WWII?"
So, long story short - Japan is now going to send aid using chartered civilian aircrafts instead. An interesting situation because there are two ways you can look at it:
- The Japanese are insensitive for wanting to help China out using a bunch of airplanes reminiscent of the ones that it used against them 70 years ago.
- The Chinese are stubborn for holding a 70 year grudge considering the magnitude of the situation and Japan's good intentions