An online ‘love guru’ and a popular Internet comic brand have been silenced in China after making controversial comments on the country’s wartime past, as Beijing seeks to control history and build respect for "heroes and martyrs".

The popular blogger ‘Ayawawa’ fell foul of China’s web censors after suggesting that Chinese women used as wartime sex slaves by the Japanese Imperial army might not have suffered as much as the authorised version of Chinese history suggested. 

Meanwhile, a leading comic brand was removed from multiple online platforms for producing a video that joked about two Chinese Civil War heroes: Ye Ting, an army general, and Dong Cunrui, a model Communist soldier.

The removal…

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