Anti-Japan protests over disputed island sweep China

Monday, August 20, 2012

Beijing: Thousands of Chinese took to streets in more than 20 cities in the country on Sunday as they were protesting the arrest of 150 Chinese activities who landed last week in the islands known as Senkaku in Japan and as Diaoyu in China.

The anti-Japanese demonstrations was in the wake up of Tokyo decision to dismissed China's opposition to Japanese activists landing on disputed islands in East China Sea.

Chinese demonstrators waved national flags and chanted angry slogans as they protested the arrest of Chinese activists.

Notably, last week Japanese police arrested 14 Hong Kong activists ,seven of whom landed on the same island.

Taiwan also claims the maritime territory and its foreign ministry protested the Japanese activists landing on Sunday.

The disputed islands were administered by the United States from the end of World War-II until they were transferred back to Japan in 1972.

In addition to being located in an area thought to have large reserves of natural gas, the islands are also a source of national pride in both Japan and China.
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