Anti-Japan Protests Escalate, Turn Violent

On Sunday protests against Japan in dozens of Chinese cities entered the second day and were marked by violence with many participants calling for war. Protesters have taken to the streets to condemn the Japanese government’s planned purchase of the disputed Diaoyu Islands (known as Senkaku in Japan). From Reuters: In the biggest flare-up in protests over East China Sea islands claimed by China and Japan, police fired tear gas and used water cannon to repel thousands of protesters occupying a street in the southern city of Shenzhen, near Hong Kong. The protests erupted in Beijing and many other cities on Saturday, when demonstrators besieged the Japanese embassy, hurling rocks, eggs and bottles, and testing cordons of police. Demonstrators looted shops and attacked Japanese cars and a restaurant in at least five Chinese cities. Protesters also broke into a dozen Japanese-run factories in the eastern city of Qingdao, according to the Japanese broadcaster NHK. As protesters targeted Japanese-owned businesses and products, a Panasonic factory and a Toyota dealership were set on fire. From Bloomberg: Smoke and flames were reported as coming from Panasonic’s electronic-parts plant in eastern Shandong province’s Qingdao city, said Atsushi Hinoki, a Tokyo-based Panasonic spokesman. Keisuke Kirimoto, a Toyota spokesman, said an auto dealership in the same port city was damaged, and the company was checking for losses in other cities. […] “I intend to strongly demand that the Chinese government ensure security” of Japanese citizens, Noda said today on public broadcaster NHK’s “Sunday Debate” program. “I strongly object” to the burning of Japanese flags and the protests. The Japanese government has called on the Chinese government to keep their citizens safe and to rein in the protests. BBC reports: “We want [China] to oversee the situation so that at least Japanese citizens and businesses in China ...
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