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A man attacked the car carrying the Japanese ambassador in Beijing on Monday and ripped off the Japanese flag flying on the vehicle, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported, amid escalating tensions that led to the biggest anti-Japan protests in years.
The attack comes after tensions over disputed islands known as Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan flared in mid-August, when the Japanese coast guard detained Chinese activists who sailed from Hong Kong and landed on the island. Anti-Japanese demonstrations have taken place in Chinese cities over the past two weekends.
CHINA’s view. The Diaoyu Islands are indisputably China’s property since the Ming Dynasty (the 1400′s). Japan stole the islands and Taiwan from China in 1895 after the end of the China-Japan war (earlier than World War 2). After World War 2, Japan returned Taiwan, which should have included the Diaoyu Islands. The Diaoyu Islands are much closer to Taiwan and mainland China than to Japan. Therefore (according to the Chinese) there is no dispute or debate that these islands belong to China. Looking at the map, it’s easy to see: YES. The islands are much closer to Taiwan than to Japan. Map of Diaoyu Senkaku Islands Japan’s point of view: it’s obvious and beyond debate that these islands belong to Japan. They took control of the islands in the 1800′s when they were worthless rocks. After WW2, America controlled the islands until Japan was back on its feet. In 1972, America returned the islands to Japanese jurisdiction and control. They have been administered by Japan ever since. Japan even put a lighthouse on one of the islands to show some sign of human source.
Originally posted by icepack
reply to post by GarrusVasNormandy
i guess, it's about those islands between both countries. are there resources or something ?
edit on 27-8-2012 by icepack because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by nightbringr
Im fairly certain most of this anger originates from Japanese treatment of the Chinese during WW2. Seems a little disproportionate otherwise.