[Quote] SHANGHAI, China (AP) -- About 5,000 people have launched an anti-Japanese protest march in Shanghai, heading in the direction of Japan's
Consulate despite government warnings against threatening social order and relations with Tokyo.
The group sang the national anthem and waved leaflets saying "Boycott Japanese Goods" as they set out from People's Square on Saturday, the city's
central plaza in front of City Hall, marching west in the direction of the consulate.
Several hundred police watched the marchers but didn't try to stop them, despite warnings this week against taking part in unauthorized protests.
Officers didn't answer when asked whether the marchers had received official permission.
In Beijing, hundreds of police stood guard on Tiananmen Square, where activists also had called for protests. Police stopped people apparently at
random to question them and search their bags.
The third weekend of anti-Japanese protests came despite government appeals to the public to trust the Communist Party to handle relations with
Some have suggested that Beijing was trying to use the earlier unrest to Tokyo's bid for a permanent U.N. Security Council seat.
Japan's foreign minister was preparing to fly to Beijing for talks aimed at defusing the tensions.
Relations between Beijing and Tokyo have plunged to their lowest point in decades prompted by disputes over the Security Council, natural gas
resources in disputed seas and new Japanese textbooks that critics say minimize Japan's wartime offenses.
Beijing is alarmed at a proposal to give Japan a permanent Security Council seat. Such status carries veto power over U.N. actions and is now held by
only five governments -- China, the United States, Britain, France and Russia.
Last weekend's protests appear to have started with grass-roots nationalist groups, but the Chinese leadership probably decided to let them continue
in an effort to derail Tokyo's bid, said Murray Scot Tanner, a China specialist at the Rand Corp. in Washington.
"I think that permitting the demonstrations provides leverage by creating a very public symbol of the depth of anger among the Chinese people toward
Japan," Tanner said.
Japanese commentators had similar assessments.
"Obviously, Beijing is seeking to take advantage of the so-called history issue and the anti-Japan protest as a means of discouraging Tokyo from
campaigning to gain permanent membership in the council," said the newspaper Yomiuri this week.
Premier Wen Jiabao cited the protests Wednesday when he said during a visit to India that Tokyo wasn't ready for a Security Council seat until it
faced up to its history of aggression.
Some Chinese officials, however, have sought to distance the government from the protesters. Beijing is eager to preserve important economic relations
with Japan, which has some US$280 million invested in the Chinese mainland.
Japan issued warnings to its citizens in China about possible danger.
In Japan, an envelope containing a razor blade and a note demanding that China stop anti-Japanese protests was sent to a Chinese consulate in Osaka,
police said. They said vandals dabbed red paint on the residence of the Chinese ambassador to Tokyo.
The tensions are fueled by both lingering Chinese anger over Japan's wartime aggression and anxieties at Tokyo's new military and diplomatic
ambitions, as well as competition for energy. The communist government, having abandoned Marxist ideology for capitalist-style economic reform, has
resorted increasingly to promoting ethnic Chinese nationalism to bind the nation together.
But leaders who allowed the latest protests could see them backfire should the public assume that future demonstrations will be allowed, setting up a
possible clash with security forces, Tanner said.
"An absolute nightmare for the Chinese government is a photograph of an anti-Japanese protester with blood on him from having been beaten by a
Chinese cop," he said.[/Quote]
I'm sorry China for what you went through during WW2 but it was over 60 years ago I think it's time to forgive,japan is a peacefull democratic
country now and they have apologized on countless occasions for the atrocities they did.I think it's time to start focusing on your own communist
goverments atrocities to your own people and let things rest between you and Japan.