China protests Japan’s flag flying high in Senkaku

A taste of her own medicine

Japanese Flag in Senkaku (Photo: Reuters)

Japanese Flag in Senkaku (Photo: Reuters)

Chinese flags and banners in hands, some 2000 people took to the streets in the city of Shenzhen. They flipped over and smashed Japanese-model cars. They attacked Japanese businesses. They burned Japanese flags. All of these were in protest of Japanese activists landing and waving Japan’s flag in the rocky islands, known as Senkaku.

Senkaku is being disputed between Japan, China and Taiwan.

People also protested in other cities as well—Qingdao, Taiyuan, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Harbin, Guangzhou and Shenyang.

One can’t help but think about what China did to Vietnam and Philippines.

At least the 10 Japanese activists were not encouraged by Tokyo to land in Senkaku.

China bullied neighbors—Vietnam and Philippines—out of the way and established its city of Sansha in the disputed islands, earlier this month.

China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) blatantly invited bids for exploration in 9 blocks belonging to Vietnam in the East Sea—ignoring Vietnam’s protest and UNCLOS definition of EEZ.

Now, Chinese have tasted its own medicine—the same bitter taste that Vietnamese and Filipinos have been swallowing.

Reactions within China

Comments from Global Times (China) are in red:

Japan’s claim over Senkaku/Diaoyu is a lie: one can say the same about China’s claims of Spratly and Paracel islands in the East Sea. In China’s 1904 map, there were no signs of these 2 islands. China made them up since the area is rich in resources—estimated oil reserves could last 60 years for China’s current consumption.

The national strength of China, as long as its growth continues, will become the bargaining chips that force Japan to back off: people in the world need to take notice. China will use its economic growth to bully its way around the world. Isn’t it time to stop China’s aggression before it become worse? Isn’t it time to stop buying China’s products?

The reluctance to resort to military means doesn’t mean China is afraid of war: and yet China was in no reluctant to send military ships to the East Sea area to scare off smaller countries like Vietnam and Philippines.

Meanwhile…“This type of “patriotism” will never receive applause,” read a front-page editorial in the party-backed China Youth Daily. “It will only make true patriots feel ashamed.”

 

Ch3 Nguyen

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