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April 11, 2005
Anti-Japan riots in China
The anti-Japan riots in China over the weekend are an indication of both the depths of feeling amongst the Chinese public and the difficulty the Chinese Government is having in putting a lid on the nationalist frenzy it has whipped up. The Government has already put a clamp on official media reports, but modern communication techniques (including BBS and blogs) and hints of official involvement show that even the Government is divided on how to handle this turn of events. Ironically Japan is now demanding an apology from China. On Sunday the riots continued in both Guangzhou and Shenzhen. The US Consul General in Shanghai was worried enough to issue an alert to American citizens. The danger is this snowballs completely out of Beijing's control. Are they willing to take on what they've created?
On the flipside Japan-China friendship groups are staging a counter-offensive.
* Plenty of photos (via ESWN) here and photos and news wire reports here.
Since it is not everyday I watch something that makes the front pages of the international press I find it interesting to compare their reporting with my own impression. My only complaint would be that when it is a large focus on the smashed window, therefore sounding more aggressive than it actually was. This is also the case when it comes to the reported numbers, often citing the highest numbers available, while this was not a very large demonstration.
* The Gaikin Biker notes not all riots are equal in China.
posted by Simon on 04.11.05 at 06:42 PM in the
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It seems to me that the Chengdu situation is not so much a clampdown as stopping protestors who crossed the line by vandalizing places of commerce. Business is business, after all.posted by: Kelvin on 04.11.05 at 03:49 PM [permalink]
The Chinese government has been rather hard on Japan for some time, but
More generally, the Japanese are getting tired of the Chinese government's
Since Tibet has been incorporated into China, what goes on there is an
http://www.geocities.jp/baud_2005/tx310.htmlposted by: japan on 04.30.05 at 12:49 AM [permalink]