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Chinese protest Tokyo’s claims over islands
Infuriated Chinese protesters stage demonstrations to protest Tokyo’s island claims. (File photo)
Infuriated Chinese protesters stage demonstrations to protest Tokyo’s island claims. (File photo)File photo shows angry Chinese protesters demonstrating against Japan’s island claims.
Infuriated Chinese protesters stage demonstrations to protest Tokyo’s island claims. (File photo)
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Crowds of Chinese protesters have staged anti-Japanese demonstrations in central China to protest Japan’s claims over an uninhibited island in East China Sea.


As territorial disputes over the islands heat up between the two major Asian powers, anti-Japan sentiments of Chinese population seem grow as well.

Crowds of angry Chinese protesters have taken to the streets of Dongguan city in the central Guangdong Province to voice their anger over the issue of Tokyo’s territorial claims regarding the disputed islands.

Earlier in the week protesters holding banners reading "Safeguard the motherland's territorial integrity" and "Japanese get out of the Diaoyu Islands", hold demonstrations in the eastern city of Rizhao in Shandong Province.

Meanwhile a high-ranking Chinese military official has warned the United States not to interfere in the territorial disputes over the contested islands.

During a meeting with the US military and government officials, the Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Cai Yingting, expressed China's deep concerns over the issues related to the country's vital and core interests including its territorial disputes with Japan over the Diaoyu Islands, the US arms sales to Taiwan and also US’ close-range military reconnaissance activities directed at China.

In an interview with a Washington-based Chinese media Cai noted that he had told his American counterparts that the Diaoyo islands and their affiliated islands had been part of China’s inherent territory and all the illegal activities by Japanese including the bid to "purchase" and the right-wing activists' landing on the islands, are completely invalid.

Anti-Japanese protests sparked in China after a group of Japanese ultranationalists and lawmakers visited the contested islands and raised Japan’s flag there on August 18.

The chain of five uninhabited islands which are currently controlled by Tokyo are called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoya in China.

Japan also has territorial disputes with South Korea over islands called Dokdo in Korea and Takeshima in Japan.

MY/JR
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