News / Asia

    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.
    VOA News
    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.

    You May Like

    Russia Sees Brexit Impact Widespread but Temporary

    Officials, citizens react to Britain’s vote to exit European Union with mix of pleasure, understanding and concern

    Obama Encourages Entrepreneurs to Seek Global Interconnection

    President tells entrepreneurs at global summit at Stanford University to find mentors, push ahead with new ideas on day after Britain voters decide to exit EU

    Video Some US Gun Owners Support Gun Control

    Defying the stereotype, Dave Makings says he'd give up his assault rifle for a comprehensive program to reduce gun violence

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    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.
    In Response

    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.
    In Response

    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!
    In Response

    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.

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Brexit Vote Plunges Global Markets Into Unchartered Territoryi
    X
    June 24, 2016 9:38 PM
    British voters plunged global markets into unknown territory after they voted Thursday to leave the European Union. The results of the Brexit vote, the term coined to describe the referendum, caught many off guard. Analysts say the resulting volatility could last for weeks, perhaps longer. Mil Arcega reports.
    Video

    Video Brexit Vote Plunges Global Markets Into Unchartered Territory

    British voters plunged global markets into unknown territory after they voted Thursday to leave the European Union. The results of the Brexit vote, the term coined to describe the referendum, caught many off guard. Analysts say the resulting volatility could last for weeks, perhaps longer. Mil Arcega reports.
    Video

    Video Orlando Shooting Changes Debate on Gun Control

    It’s been nearly two weeks since the largest mass shooting ever in the United States. Despite public calls for tighter gun control laws, Congress is at an impasse. Democratic lawmakers resorted to a 1960s civil rights tactic to portray their frustration. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti explains how the Orlando, Florida shooting is changing the debate.
    Video

    Video Tunisian Fishing Town Searches for Jobs, Local Development Solutions

    As the European Union tries to come to grips with its migrant crisis, some newcomers are leaving voluntarily. But those returning to their home countries face an uncertain future.  Five years after Tunisia's revolution, the tiny North African country is struggling with unrest, soaring unemployment and plummeting growth. From the southern Tunisian fishing town of Zarzis, Lisa Bryant takes a look for VOA at a search for local solutions.
    Video

    Video 'American Troops' in Russia Despite Tensions

    Historic battle re-enactment is a niche hobby with a fair number of adherents in Russia where past military victories are played-up by the Kremlin as a show of national strength. But, one group of World War II re-enactors in Moscow has the rare distinction of choosing to play western ally troops. VOA's Daniel Schearf explains.
    Video

    Video Experts: Very Few Killed in US Gun Violence Are Victims of Mass Shootings

    The deadly shooting at a Florida nightclub has reignited the debate in the U.S. over gun control. Although Congress doesn't provide government health agencies funds to study gun violence, public health experts say private research has helped them learn some things about the issue. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.
    Video

    Video Trump Unleashes Broadside Against Clinton to Try to Ease GOP Doubts

    Recent public opinion polls show Republican Donald Trump slipping behind Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential election matchup for November. Trump trails her both in fundraising and campaign organization, but he's intensifying his attacks on the former secretary of state. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone reports.
    Video

    Video Muslim American Mayor Calls for Tolerance

    Syrian-born Mohamed Khairullah describes himself as "an American mayor who happens to be Muslim." As the three-term mayor of Prospect Park, New Jersey, he believes his town of 6,000 is an example of how ethnicity and religious beliefs should not determine a community's leadership. Ramon Taylor has this report from Prospect Park.
    Video

    Video Internal Rifts Over Syria Policy Could Be Headache for Next US President

    With the Obama administration showing little outward enthusiasm for adopting a more robust Syria policy, there is a strong likelihood that the internal discontent expressed by State Department employees will roll over to the next administration. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports.
    Video

    Video Senegal to Park Colorful ‘Cars Rapide’ Permanently

    Brightly painted cars rapide are a hallmark of Dakar, offering residents a cheap way to get around the capital city since 1976. But the privately owned minibuses are scheduled to be parked for good in late 2018, as Ricci Shryock reports for VOA.
    Video

    Video Florida Gets $1 Million in Emergency Government Funding for Orlando

    The U.S. government has granted $1 million in emergency funding to the state of Florida to cover the costs linked to the June 12 massacre in Orlando. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the grant Tuesday in Orlando, where she met with survivors of the shooting attack that killed 49 people. Zlatica Hoke reports.
    Video

    Video How to Print Impossible Shapes with Metal

    3-D printing with metals is rapidly becoming more advanced. As printers become more affordable, the industry is partnering with universities to refine processes for manufacturing previously impossible things. A new 3-D printing lab aims to bring the new technology closer to everyday use. VOA's George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Big Somali Community in Minnesota Observes Muslim Religious Feast

    Ramadan is widely observed in the north central US state of Minnesota, which a large Muslim community calls home. VOA Somali service reporter Mohmud Masadde files this report from Minneapolis, the state's biggest city.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora