BEIJING -- Instead of trying to remedy its highly provocative actions to challenge China's sovereignty and the postwar world order, Japan has chosen to take another step toward the wrong path, which will ultimately boomerang on itself.
On Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is to appear before the UN General Assembly to justify Tokyo's policies toward its maritime row with Beijing in an attempt to manipulate or confuse the world opinion on China's indisputable sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands.
The ever-right-leaning Japanese government intends to take the UN podium to portray its image of a victim while it openly infringes on China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
This attempt is ridiculous and doomed to fail, because the United Nations is designed, from the very beginning of its founding in 1945, to exempt future generations from "the scourge of war" and to ensure postwar justice, peace and security worldwide.
And it is also no more than a mock at the international community's ability to tell white from black and its determination to defend the hard-won postwar peace.
In fact, since the end of World Word II, heartfelt repentance for its heinous war crimes against the Chinese people has been scarce in the island nation.
Japan has even been trying to cover up its wartime atrocities and shirk responsibilities it ought to fulfill as a vanquished nation by lying in its history text books, denying massacres against the Chinese, and refusing to return the islands that have belonged to China since ancient times.
Its erroneous reluctance to reflect war crimes has led to the resurgence of militarism in the country, enraging China and its other Asian neighbors from time to time.