Skip to comments.In China, spreading anti-Japan protests turn violent
Posted on 09/15/2012 1:22:34 PM PDT by mojito
BEIJING: Crowds of thousands of Chinese in at least a dozen cities vandalised Japanese restaurants, ransacked department stores, torched Japanese-branded cars and clashed with police as anti-Japanese protests threatened to spiral out of control on Saturday.
The protests unfolded amid rising tensions between the two countries over the disputed Diaoyu or Senkaku islands in the East China Sea.
Hundreds gathered in more than a dozen cities, chanting anti-Japanese slogans and burning flags. In Beijing, a crowd of more than a thousand threw bottles, eggs and mobile phones at the Japanese Embassy.
Tensions over the islands escalated on Friday as China dispatched six maritime surveillance vessels to patrol in the territorial waters off the islands, in a move seen as enforcing its claims. A day earlier, Japan angered China by announcing it was purchasing the islands from a Japanese family recognised by Tokyo as the owner.
A barrage of commentaries in the State-run media that have called for a strong response to the Japanese move appeared to have triggered the protests, which have been seen as being given a tacit green light by the authorities. The Chinese government usually restricts any public protests or unauthorised gatherings.
Paramilitary personnel were deployed in front of the Japanese Embassy in Beijing and prevented protesters from entering its premises, occasionally clashing with them. According to accounts online, police did not appear to take any action to disperse the crowds and prevent gatherings in any of the dozen cities where protests were reported.
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Did someone in Japan make a movie that mocked Confucius?
Well, it’s good to know it’s not just our embassies under attack. It seems to be open season on missions abroad.
Every once in a while, the Chinese think of Nanking. I doubt that their education system glosses over it.
Of course, the current irritant is China pushing its way into disputed islands in the hope that there will be subsea oil, or maybe it's for fishing rights, or maybe they just want to assert themselves. In any event, that's enough to rub the old wounds.
China's next premier had a heart attack and is incognito, their economy is in a free fall, and so the government decided it was a good time to encourage riots against the Japanese.
Last week, the Japanese ambassadors car was attacked by a mob. This is an escalation.
Are we rushing headlong into a world war because of the putz in the WH?
I saw a Lady on Lou Dobbs last night and she mentioned this as part of the Obama failure
It is a Chinese belief that the first Japanese were Chinese settlers. Look into China’s past. How was it influenced by other nations early in the last century and before? And where does the Yellow River flow, as it leaves China?
Do you see?
Commies making a pretext for something?
Well ... that's the plan. We'll see if they bring it off.
Maybe we can sit this one out.