By Zhao Wei, Sina English
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the Japanese government's move has severely hurt the feelings of the Chinese people and gravely enraged the Chinese public. Their righteous indignation is understandable, if people express their emotions in a reasonable and lawful way.
Rallies and protests broke out in several Chinese cities on Tuesday to oppose Japan's "purchase" of Chinese Diaoyu Islands and their affiliated islets.
More than 10 protestors gathered at the Japanese Embassy in Beijing on Tuesday morning, holding placards that read, "The Diaoyu Islands are Chinese territory."
Also on Tuesday morning, several people in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, gathered outside the Japanese consulate, shouting slogans such as, "Protect the Diaoyu Islands!"
About 200 people in Weihai, Shandong Province, began marching on the streets around 10:40 a.m., waving anti-Japanese banners and chanting anti-Japanese slogans: "The Diaoyu Islands belong to us!" and, "Boycott Japanese goods!" They voluntarily dispersed at about 11:30 a.m.