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Japanese activists to be charged by govn’t

(People's Daily Online)

15:41, August 20, 2012

Thousands of protesters attend a rally in Chengdu, Sichuan province, on Sunday against Japanese activists landing on the Diaoyu Islands. [Photo/Provided to China Daily]

Japanese activists to be charged by govn’t

The Japanese government is planning to charge a group of Japanese activists who landed on the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea on Aug. 19, 2012, with rimes of minor injury. The Japanese Coast Guard has interrogated them, according to

The activists include regional councilors and five media professionals, but there were no parliamentarians.

The Japanese activists who planned to hold a ceremony for people who died in World War II departed from Ishigaki city, Okinawa in the evening of August 19. At around 7:39 a.m. Aug. 19, local time, at least seven members landed on Diaoyu Islands.[Read More]

Event Review

>>>>Japanese activists land on Diaoyu Islands

The Japanese Maritime Safety Agency confirmed that 10 Japanese activists landed on the Diaoyu Islands Sunday, local media reported.

The Japanese coast guard's patrol vessels found 10 people swam to the Diaoyu Islands from their fleet at around 7:30 Sunday, and called them to leave as soon as possible after their landing.[Read More]

China's Stance

>>>>China strongly opposes Japanese rightists in Diaoyu Islands

China strongly opposes Japanese rightists landing on the Diaoyu Islands on Sunday, and urges Japan to put an end to its actions that seek to undermine China's territorial sovereignty, China's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on August 19.[Read More]

>>>>Anger erupts at Japanese landing

Beijing on Sunday summoned the Japanese ambassador to China, Uichiro Niwa, to lodge solemn representations over the landing and urged Tokyo to "properly handle the issue and avoid seriously damaging China-Japan relations".

Protests broke out in more than 10 Chinese cities, including Chengdu, Sichuan province, Xinhua News Agency reported.

The protesters marched on major roads, gathered around main Japanese landmarks and waved Chinese flags. They shouted "Defend China's territory" and "Japan, get out of the Diaoyu Islands!"[Read More]

Comentaries on Japanese landing on Diaoyu Islands

>>>> Japanese right-wingers seek political gains by exploiting Diaoyu Islands issue

A pack of Japanese right-wingers landed on the Chinese-owned Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea on Sunday, in a blatant move that they claimed to "mourn the war dead", but in fact it was a scheme to net political leverage.

Their gross violation of China's sovereignty has raised an uproar in China, with demonstrations flaring up in numerous cities in the country.[Read More]

>>>> Diaoyu solution lies in strength and unity

The Diaoyu issue is facing a possible escalation. More than a few Chinese cities saw anti-Japan protests yesterday.

In a forum sponsored by the Global Times on the Diaoyu issue yesterday, scholars and activists from the Chinese mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao offered their suggestions. The Diaoyu issue has become a focus of the nation.[Read More]

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