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Grassroots flaming at Japan's islands grab activities

2012-08-20 00:58:29 GMT2012-08-20 08:58:29(Beijing Time)

Chinese mass rally over weekends protesting against Japanese Diaoyus landing

By Li Hongmei, Special to Sina English

Thousands of demonstrators in eight Chinese cities have been all these days venting their anger at Japan’s attempts to grab the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea.

Reports say they have even smashed vehicles and ransacked Japanese-owned shops.

Last Wednesday, Japanese coast guards briefly held 14 Chinese activists who had raised a Chinese flag on one of the Diaoyu Islands, and deported them on Friday.

On Sunday, Japanese right wingers raised as many as three Japanese flags on the outcrops. The Japanese right landed on disputable islands where they conducted a ceremony in memory of WWII victims.

The Chinese rage has since been stirred up.

In the southern Chinese provinces, about 3,000 people went out into the streets protesting against Japanese activists landing on the Diaoyu Islands and setting up Japanese flags there.

The protesters are screaming up anti-Japan mottoes and burning Japanese national flags. Several Japanese cars and Japanese food restaurants have been attacked.

This is the first serious anti-Japan mass rally in China since 2010 when relations between the two countries became strained also due to the territorial dispute over the Daioyu Islands which arew inherent part of the Chinese territory.

The Diaoyu Islands remain the subject of diplomatic hurdles between Beijing and Tokyo. Last Saturday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry made an official declaration urging Tokyo not to violate China’s sovereignty and not to visit the islands. However, Japan turns a deaf ear to all this.

Japan is now bogged down in the quagmire of island rows with not only China, but also Russia and South Korea. The dismayed right wingers of Japan try at any cost to stick to the legacy of the Japanese militarism, and they day dream of the revival of saber-rattling specter once enshrouding the region and the world. This explains why they are hardly convinced that the post-war Japan is no more a nation that could cut off from the neighborhood but still can overpower it.

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