...Yet historical truth is often conspicuously absent in mainland schools, too, as it is in Japan and other East Asian nations such as North and South Korea.
While learning materials in mainland high schools take special pains to outline Japanese aggression beginning with the 1874 invasion of Taiwan, China's involvement in the 1950-53 Korean war is dismissed in one sentence.
At the same time, such are the holes in modern Chinese history that the average mainland college graduate still believes China is a ``peaceful country'' which has fought wars only in self-defense.
Completely absent from textbooks is China's 1951 invasion and subsequent colonisation of an independent Tibet. Erased, too, is the 1962 attack on India and the ill-fated 1979 incursion into Vietnam.
Even Min admits to having heard only sketchy details about these events. Despite this, it is Japan alone which has found itself the focus of renewed controversy over its teaching of history...