The key question is can Japan use the same justification when it went all punk a$$ on China. After all it desperately needed resources and the ends justify the means....
Very good question. Let's build on that, shall we? Why do the Chinese keep complaining about the "two centuries of humiliation" or whatever at the hands of the Europeans? The Europeans got what they wanted - they got rich off of China. The ends justify the means, no? If any Europeans were uncomfortable with the way their brothers were treating the Chinese, all they had to do was emigrate (to China? LOL). Or maybe "ends justifying the means" only applies to the Chinese?
More to the point - if tomorrow, some other imperial power, like the USA were to take over China (God forbid, and all that), and to begin plundering China all over again, would that be ok, since the "ends justify the means?" After all, Americans are getting rich, and that should be a desirable end for them, no? If any Americans are uncomfortable with treating the Chinese that way, all they have to do is emigrate (instead of protesting against their government policies). Would that be ok with you Chinese?
Dear Chinese, when you steal IP from others who have worked hard to develop it, you do cause a net loss for them. So whose ends justify the means? Yours, or theirs? Their ends are negative because of your means.
Well, we in India have these concepts that only righteousness will triumph, and truth will be victorious, etc. No doubt China also imbibed those concepts, through their already existent Confucianism, or through Buddhism, which spread from India. Here's something for you Chinese posters to think about. The old concepts of righteousness and truth, are the *same thing* as your "ends justify the means," just that these concepts think about the ends thousands of years later, as opposed to you guys, who think of short term ends ten or twenty years down the road. In other words, if you want the ends to be favorable to you even thousands of years down the line, you *have to* abide by the concepts of righteousness and truth.
My guess is, that India and China managed to survive for thousands of years, through Islamic and European depredations, because of our commitment to righteousness. Those are the desirable ends. India today is trying to stay true to those ideals. China is not. We'll see how the ends turn out.