Events and Comments

EXACTLY A year ago we celebrated the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the outbreak ot the Revolution, which freed China from the alien rule of the Manchus, by issuing a special "Silver Jubilee" number of Tbe Cbina Journal. In this we published amongst other things a survey of the splendid work of the Nationalist Government since it came into power ten years ago in the reconstruction, rehabilitation and unification of China after the years of internal strife through which the country had passed.
We rejoiced with the Chinese people in that so much had been achieved, politically, culturally and economically, for China's good, and we congratulated the leaders of the country on all that they had accomplished.
To-day we see that work being ruthlessly destroyed by another alien power, at least that part of it which can be destroyed by bombs, shells and fire. The Japanese, who are invading China, have the ascendency over China's defending forces in engines of destruction, and they have it in their power to destroy everything of a physical nature which comes within their reach and which the Nationalist leaders, ably assisted by the country's industrialists and financiers, have so laboriously and at such great cost builded - roads, railways, administration buildings, hospitals, museums, libraries, factories, waterworks, power stations and the like - and the Japanese forces are showing no hesitation in exerting that power for destruction on Chinese soil. In spite of statements by Japanese spokesmen to the effect that the Japanese air forces and artillery units have confined their attacks to purely military objectives, it is abundantly evident that cultural, industrial and public utility institutions constitute the main objectives of Japanese air-raiders and the targets of their artillery.
But there are some things the Nationalist Government has created that the Japanese invaders cannot destroy with their bombs and big guns. These are the spiritual forces which the leaders of present day China have brought into being. Perhaps the most important of these is the unity and solidarity of the Chinese people in their determination to oppose by every means in their power the threatened Japanese domination over China and the alienation of Chinese territory. So far from being able to destroy this newfound spirit of unity amongst the Chinese, the Japanese are discovering that every outrage committed on Chinese soil by the sons of Dai Nippon, every building destroyed by their bombs or shells, every citizen stretched lifeless and bleeding, a martyr to Japanese military ambition and aggression, serves but to strengthen the bonds that bind the people of China in a common hatred of Japan. and all she stands for, and increases their determination to resist the invader to the utmost.
Japan seems to think that by the ruthless use of her engines of destruction she can destroy the soul and break the spirit of the Chinese nation. She is wrong, how wrong it will not be long before she finds out to her own great cost. Rumblings which were but faintly heard a month ago in different parts of the world indicating a resentment against Japan over her actions in China have recently risen to a crescendo. They will increase in volume and become transformed into action, and ere long, unless she drastically changes her policy, Japan, like many another nation which has sought to dominate its neighbours by force of arms, will go down in a welter of blood and destruction, to survive, if she survives at all, as a pariah, an outcast from the brotherhood of nations. We bid China be brave, hold on, let not her soul be destroyed, for soon she will reap the reward of remaining steadfast and true to her principles in the hour of trial and tribulation. Then, having saved the spiritual, she will be able once more to reconstruct the physical, and she, not Japan, will be the leading nation in Eastern Asia and the Pacific Region.