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Overseas Chinese protest Japan's illegal "purchase" of Diaoyu Islands


15:44, September 19, 2012

BEIJING, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- Overseas Chinese in various countries ranging from Italy, Switzerland, Australia, to Indonesia, Malaysia, Zambia, Tanzania and Colombia, Tuesday staged protests against the Japanese government's so-called "purchase" of China's Diaoyu Islands.

In Rome, some 500 overseas Chinese coming from various parts of Italy gathered at the Red Cross Square on Tuesday to mark the Sept. 18th incident in 1931, defend the Diaoyu Islands and condemn Japan's illegal "purchase" of the islands.

They chanted slogans and choruses at the site, flying banners reading "The Diaoyu Islands are China's territories" and "Defend the Diaoyu Islands" to voice their protests in a peaceful and orderly way.

They also read a letter of protest written to the Japanese embassy to denounce Japan's illegal "purchase" of the islands and urge the Japanese government to take concrete actions to improve its relations with China and maintain regional peace.

In Switzerland, 12 local Chinese associations issued a joint statement to express their firm opposition and strong protest against Japan's behavior of robbery.

The Diaoyu Islands since the ancient times have been Chinese territories, which are cared and cherished by all people of Chinese descent generation after generation, the statement said, noting that defending the Diaoyu Islands and safeguarding China's sovereignty are the common will and responsibility of all people of Chinese descent around the world.

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