Anti-Japan protests in China enter third day

Updated On: Oct 19, 2010

Thousands of mostly young Chinese protestors have taken to the streets of at least four cities in China to assert China's claim to the Diaoyu/Senkaku island chain disputed with Japan.

The protests are in response to the recent diplomatic crisis where Japan seized a Chinese fishing boat and its captain after a collision in disputed waters. Japan released the detained crew but has rejected Chinese demands for an apology.

The protests are the largest since 2005, when Japan's prime minister at the time Junichiro Koizumi visted the controversial Yasukuni war shrine in Tokyo.

Chinese and Japanese officials are working to ease tensions- they will meet on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in a week. Other policymakers, however, such as Japan's conservative former prime minister Shinzo Abe, have fanned the flames. Abe accused China with its growing assertiveness of following a modern day policy of "lebensraum"- a key tenet in the philosophy of Adolf Hitler.

Japan laments China protest damage [BBC]
Volatile mix of anger and nationalism fuels China's anti-Japan violence [Asahi Shimbun]
China-Japan row simmers as protests enter third day [Channel NewsAsia]