Chinese texts play down embarrassing history

05/9/2005 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

China recently lambasted Japan for whitewashing its wartime atrocities in a new junior high history textbook, but its own official history book for the same age group glosses over certain policy failures and key events. Since the eruption of the Sino-Japanese textbook feud, more Chinese Internet surfers have reportedly been been using software to circumvent government censors and find out for themselves the truth about their country's past.

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