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China to Protest Japanese Arrest of Activists on Disputed Islands

Protesters chant slogans in front of security guards inside building where Japanese Consulate is located in Hong Kong, August 15, 2012.
Protesters chant slogans in front of security guards inside building where Japanese Consulate is located in Hong Kong, August 15, 2012.
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China says it is lodging a formal complaint with Japan after Japanese authorities arrested 14 pro-China activists who landed on an island chain claimed by both countries.

Japanese police say the activists arrived on the islands by boat from Hong Kong Wednesday, despite Japan's heightened security presence in the area.  At one point, Japan's coastguard fired water cannons at the Chinese fishing vessel carrying the activists.

Japan accuses the detained of violating immigration law and has sent them to Okinawa to face charges.


Japan and China's Disputed Islands

  • Known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese
  • Uninhabited archipelago of 8 islands  
  • Located in gas-rich area and surrounded by rich fishing grounds
  • The islands have a land area of about 6 square kilometers
The activists say the landing was aimed at countering a plan by a group of Japanese lawmakers to visit the disputed islands.

The uninhabited islands, known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyo in Chinese, are a frequent flashpoint between Tokyo and Beijing.  They are located in a gas-rich area and surrounded by rich fishing grounds.

The landing came as tension broke out between Japan and its neighbors on the emotionally charged anniversary of Tokyo’s surrender in World War II.

In a separate demonstration, a group of South Koreans reached a set of disputed islands known as Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in Korea. It comes less than a week after South Korean President Lee Myung-bak visited the island chain, provoking ire in Tokyo.

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by: Jonathan Huang from: canada
August 15, 2012 11:47 PM
Congratulations! brave Chinese heroes! All Chinese around the world are proud of you! We will fight until we get all our mother lands back. China is a peace country but we are not fright of fighting. We will give them "some colour to see see" to all invaders.

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by: Hoang from: Canada
August 16, 2012 8:33 AM
China claims all of East Sea and has border disputes with all its neighbours. China claim islands from Vietnam, Phillipines and Japan. China kill defenceless Vietnamese fishermen. Tibetans are burning themselves in protest to china's rule. It is China who are the invaders but always claim the victim. It is time to allow Japan to have nuclear weapons to teach China a lesson.


by: white hat from: Japan
August 15, 2012 7:47 PM
Although tens of thousands of foreiners invade, they are all rabbles. Justice (supported by international law and history) lies on Japan side. Evil never wins. Justice always defeats evil. It is high time Japan put away its generous policy for greedy Chinese and uncultivated Koreans.

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by: Chery from: CHINA
August 16, 2012 3:24 AM
Japanese should apologize to Chinese,Koreans and other people who were hurt by Japan in World War II.The gorvernment of Japan should give the Diaoyo back to China.

In Response

by: Jonathan Huang from: canada
August 15, 2012 11:40 PM
what justice you are talking about? China insists to go to the international court IOC, but coward Japan has not gut to go because Japan is a liar and everyone knows Diaoyu island belongs to China!
Japan is still worshiping disgusting war criminals in the shrine, what a shame. You deserve more nukes!

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by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
August 15, 2012 11:14 PM
I agree. Justice is in our side. Any force doesn't work in front of justice based on history and lnternational laws. We have been kept rational manner, but now it seems time to present resolute attitude to emotional primitive people.


by: Larry Linn from: Chinatown, Los Angeles
August 15, 2012 12:06 PM
"China to Protest Japanese Arrest of Activists", is the most fantastic oxymoron of the decade.

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