On September 7th, a Chinese fishing boat and a Japanese patrol boat collided in waters near the territorial disputed Diaoyutai Islands (between China and Japan). The captain of the Chinese fishing boat was arrested by Japanese government and could face up to three years in prison if found guilty. (See more pictures, videos and netizens’ comments on chinaSMACK)
The collision once again cracked the Sin-Japanese relations and also stirred up another round of Chinese national sentiment as well as the anti-Japanese sentiment in China. A news article “The grandmother of the fishing boat captain detained by Japan passed away because of the stress after hearing the news” was quickly reposted everywhere on the Chinese internet. The Protect Daioyutai Movement once again returns in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, even Chinese people around the world were called to gather the forces for protecting the Daioyutai Islands.
It is worth noting that, according to IZaobao, this grandmother felt down not long ago before the incident, her body was extremely weak and hence passed away after hearing the news. But the background information was never reported in news by the media.
Photos of the protest form IFeng:
“Japan, get out of Diaoyutai Island”
(From IFeng) Chinese community organized (non-governmental organization) China Federation for Defending the Diaoyu Islands demonstrated in front of the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, protesting the collision incident between Japanese patrol boat and the Chinese fishing boat. The federation leaders said, Japan’s behavior is act of aggression, and demanded Japanese government to apologize to China.
Over 40 people protested on the streets, holding Chinese national flag and singing the Chinese national anthem.
In front of the Japanese embassy, protestors held the sign of “滚” (“get out”) and shouted “Diayutai islands belong to China! The East China Set belongs to China!”
The federation leader Li Wen said, “Our demands are simple, they are release (the detained finishing boat captain) immediately, and then Japan must pay for the damages. We only have these two demands.”
Li Wen also said, the protest letter which delivered to the Japanese ambassador was a picture, a picture of ancient Chinese bronze wall clock, which is a phonetic pun of “nail in the coffin” or “make funeral arrangements”. (Editor’s note: That is why never to give clock as a present to a Chinese person)
However, the Japanese Ambassador Koizumi already left the embassy before the protestors arrived.
When asked what the further actions are if Japan cannot meet the demands, federation leader said, the Japanese patrol boat’s action was not “provoking” but an act of “aggression” or invasion, It is possible that China’s Diaoyutai activists will land on the island.
Li Wen, “This is a invasion, it is murder, and in China’s territory”
Reporter, “Will you land on the island?”
Li Wen, “Of course, Diaoyutai Islands are ours, isn’t October 1st China’s National Day soon? We could organize one hundred fishing boats and fish there together.”
Half an hour later the demonstration ended without any direct contact with Japanese staff. China’s Diaoyutai activists believe that their strength is still weak after all, and hope the Chinese Foreign Ministry and Chinese military give stronger response.