Anti-Japan Protests in China - In Focus - The Atlantic

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/09/anti- japan- protests- in- china/100370/ February 20, 2013

Sep 17, 2012 | A long-standing conflict over the sovereignty of a group of eight tiny, uninhabited islands in the East China Sea has resulted in dozens of anti-Japanese protests across China, some violent. The dispute came to a head after the Japanese government nationalized control of three of the largest islands earlier this month, purchasing them from a private Japanese family for more than US$25 million. The island group is called Senkaku Islands by the Japanese, Diaoyu Islands by the Chinese, Tiaoyutai Islands by Taiwanese, or the Pinnacle Islands by English speakers. Beyond national pride, potentially large gas reserves and fishing rights have raised the stakes, and China is now moving to assert its claim to the islands, contain the demonstrations at home, and respond forcefully to what it sees as a major Japanese provocation. [36 photos]

An anti-Japan protester tears Japanese Rising Sun Flag during a rally outside the Japanese Consulate General in Hong Kong as they demanded that the Japanese government release Chinese activists arrested in Japan after landing on Uotsuri Island, one of the islands of Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

An anti-Japan protester tears Japanese Rising Sun Flag during a rally outside the Japanese Consulate General in Hong Kong as they demanded that the Japanese government release Chinese activists arrested in Japan after landing on Uotsuri Island, one of the islands of Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

2 Uotsuri island, part of the disputed islands in the East China Sea, known as the Senkaku isles in

known as the Senkaku isles in Japan. on August 19.Uotsuri island. Sichuan province against Japan's claim of the Diaoyu islands. in this June 19. 2011 photo. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) # . part of the disputed islands in the East China Sea. 2012. as they are known in Chinese. Uotsuri is the largest of the island group. (Reuters/Kyodo) # 3 Thousands of Chinese protesters take part in a demonstration in Chengdu. Diaoyu islands in China. with an area of 4. or Senkaku islands in Japanese. in the East China Sea.32 square kilometers.

There were protests in many major cities in China. Shenyang. Hangzhou. China. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images) # . 2012. Shenzhen. outside the Japanese Embassy in Beijing. including Shanghai. on September 15. Qingdao and Hong Kong. Harbin.4 Chinese demonstrators stage an anti-Japanese protest over the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands.

5 Officers stand guard as people shout slogans and hold Chinese flags during an anti-Japanese protest over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. outside the Japanese embassy in Beijing. 2012. Hundreds of people protested in front of the Japanese embassy in Beijing on Saturday amid rising tensions over disputed East China Sea islands as police struggled to quell the angry demonstration. on Saturday. September 15. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images) # 6 Chinese demonstrators clash with policemen at barricades during an anti-Japanese protests outside the Japanese Embassy in Beijing. 2012. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) # . on September 15.

(Reuters/Tyrone Siu) # . on September 16. 2012.7 Demonstrators damage a window on a Japanese Seibu department store during a protest against Japan's decision to purchase the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. south China's Guangdong province. in Shenzhen.

on September 15. 2012. 2012. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) # . northeast China's Shandong province. in Qingdao.8 A demonstrator swings an iron bar to smash goods at a Japanese-funded shopping center during a protest in Qingdao. on September 15. (Reuters/Stringer) # 9 Carts are piled up in a damaged area of a Japanese JUSCO department store after a group of Chinese protesters ransacked it. Shandong province.

2012 in Shenzhen. (Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images) # . China. on September 16.10 Anti-Japanese protesters are confronted by police as they demonstrate over the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands.

on October 13.11 Police walk past a closed Japanese restaurant covered with Chinese national flags as antiJapanese protests continued outside the Japanese Embassy in Beijing over the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands issue. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images) # 12 Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's PC3 surveillance plane flies around the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. on September 17. 2012. (Reuters/Kyodo) # . 2011. The mouthpiece of China's Communist Party warned on on September 17 that Japan's economy could suffer for up to 20 years if Beijing chose to impose sanctions over the escalating territorial row.

2012. 2012. The city government of Tokyo sent a ship to survey the group of disputed islands. (Reuters/Kyodo) # 14 Activists burn Japanese flags during a demonstration over the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. (Antony Dickson/AFP/Getty Images) # . on September 16.13 The city government of Tokyo's survey staff sail around the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. as it considered purchasing them. on September 2. outside the Japanese consulate in Hong Kong.

Protests have taken place across China in the dispute that is becoming increasingly worrying for regional stability.15 An anti-Japanese protester throws a gas canister during a demonstration on September 16. 2012 in Shenzhen. (Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images) # . China.

in Chengdu.16 A Chinese man holds a national flag during a protest outside the Japanese Embassy in Beijing. on August 15. 2012. 2012. prompting Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to urge Beijing to protect his country's companies and diplomatic buildings from fresh assaults. (Reuters/Jason Lee) # . (AP Photo/Andy Wong) # 17 Riot police block protesters from accessing the American consulate during a protest against Japan's decision to purchase the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. on September 16. Torrid protests against Japan broke out in Chinese cities for a second day on Sunday.

500 ton survey vessel to take 25 experts around the islands to determine how they could be used if bought. (Reuters/Chris Meyers) # . 2012. on September 2.18 A view from the Tokyo city government's survey ship of one of the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. The Tokyo city government rented a nearly 2.

in the East China Sea Wednesday.19 A boat. one of the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. 2012. in the East China Sea. is surrounded by Japanese Coast Guard patrol boats after Chinese activists descended from the boat to land on Uotsuri Island. on August 15. one of the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. August 15. 2012. (AP Photo/Yomiuri Shimbun. Masataka Morita) # 20 Activists holding Chinese and Taiwanese flags are arrested by Japanese police officers after landing on Uotsuri Island. (AP Photo/Yomiuri Shimbun. Masataka Morita) # . center.

(Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images) # 22 Members of a Japanese nationalist group land on Uotsuri island. 2012. on September 17. which is famous for selling counterfeit designer brand goods. as anti-Japanese protests continue in Beijing over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands issue.21 Onlookers view a large protest banner at the Silk Street market. part of the Diaoyu/Senkaku .

sparking protests in several Chinese cities and a diplomatic rebuke from Beijing. 2012. (Reuters/Kyodo) # . Several Japanese nationalists landed on on the rocky island in the East China Sea at the heart of a territorial row with Beijing. 2012. (Reuters/Chris Meyers) # 23 Unidentified members from a Japanese nationalist group and local assembly members are seen after landing on a Uotsuri island.Islands. on August 19. on August 19. part of the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands.

east China's Zhejiang province. in Hangzhou.24 People hold banners and shout slogans as they attend a rally to protest against Japan's claim on the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) # . on August 19. 2012.

(Antony Dickson/AFP/Getty Images) # . on September 16.25 An activist waves a burning Japan-US combined flag during a demonstration over a group of disputed islands. as people make their way to the Japanese consulate in Hong Kong. 2012.

on September 15. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images) # . Hundreds of people protested in front of the Japanese embassy in Beijing on September 15 amid rising tensions over disputed East China Sea islands as police struggled to quell the angry demonstration.26 Officers stand guard as people hold Chinese flags and banners during an anti-Japanese protest outside the Japanese embassy. 2012.

2012. China. on Sept. 15. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) # .27 A Chinese paramilitary policeman is hit by a traffic cone as he tries to hold back protesters from storming the Japanese embassy in Beijing.

during a demonstration over the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. 2012 in Shenzhen. China. on Sept. on September 16.28 An anti-Japanese protester bleeds from the nose as riot police look on. 2012. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) # . 15. (Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images) # 29 Chinese protesters kick barricades during an anti-Japan protest outside the Japanese embassy in Beijing.

outside the Japanese Embassy. on September 15. 2012 in Beijing.30 Chinese demonstrators stage an anti-Japanese protest over the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images) # . China.

(Goh Chai Hin/AFP/Getty Images) # 32 A protester throws a police helmet to the ground as fellow demonstrators take pictures during an anti-Japan protest in Guangzhou. 2012. Guangdong province. (Reuters/Stringer) # . on September 15.31 A Chinese riot policeman shields himself from eggs and water bottles thrown by protesters during an anti-Japanese protest outside the Japanese Embassy in Beijing. on September 16. 2012.

2012.33 Water splashes from a bottle thrown by a demonstrator at the main entrance gate of Japanese Embassy during a protest in Beijing. on September 16. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) # .

(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) # . on September 15. 2012.34 A Chinese paramilitary policeman reacts as a giant Chinese national flag is pulled by protesters towards the Japanese embassy in Beijing. China.

on September 16. Yuan) # . (AP Photo/Alexander F. on September 15. 2012. China. eggs and paint splattered on its wall. in Beijing. 2012.35 A Chinese demonstrator jumps and kicks a fence set up by paramilitary policemen during an anti-Japan protest outside the Japanese Embassy in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) # 36 A paramilitary policeman guards an entrance of the Japanese Embassy.

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