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Students Lead Anti-Japanese Protests—CCP Involvement Suspected

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Uploaded on Oct 20, 2010

Anti-Japanese demonstrations have sprung up in cities across China, following an ongoing diplomatic row between the two nations. Protestors have chanted slogans and attacked Japanese businesses. Japanese commentators are now suggesting the demonstrations have been instigated by Chinese authorities, possibly through student groups.

Over the past three days anti-Japanese protests and riots have spread across China. The protests follow the ongoing row over the disputed Diaoyu or Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, which both countries claim as their own. The situation got worse after anti-Chinese protests took place outside the Chinese embassy in Japan over the weekend.

Protests flared up in Wuhan, Chengdu and Xi'an, as well as other cities. In Wuhan on Monday over 1000 people took to the streets, lead by students in the city. The protestors shouted slogans such as "boycott Japanese goods" and smashed the windows of Japanese cars and shops. Police arrested seven people.

In Chengdu thousands of people took part in protests, according to some estimates. Again attacking Japanese businesses and calling for a boycott of Japanese goods.

A group of 40 Japanese school children were forced to cancel a trip to Xi'an due to safety concerns, said Apple Daily.

The Hong Kong newspaper also reported Japanese commentators saying they suspected the demonstrations were "inspired" by Chinese authorities, in order to ease the tension among young people unsatisfied with the Chinese regime's ongoing detention of recent Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo.

One Japanese commentator said a reason for his suspicion is that the content and slogans used at many demonstrations across the country were exactly the same. He suggested, authorities had centrally approved the slogans written on signs held by protestors, many of whom were students.

While Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan described the protests in Japan as "regrettable," the Chinese regime's Foreign Ministry described the anti-Japanese sentiment as "Understandable."

On Monday the Japanese Prime Minister called on Chinese authorities to protect Japanese people living in China as well as Japanese businesses.

The two sides may get an opportunity to ease tensions later this month when Chinese and Japanese premiers both attend a gathering of East Asian leaders in Hanoi.

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