Monday, August 20, 2012

Activist Chinese Group Plans More Anti-Japan Protests

HONG KONG — The Hong Kong-based group that set off heightened tensions between China and Japan by unfurling flags on a disputed island last week plans to try to keep the issue in the news by seeking to organize protests outside Japanese embassies and consulates around the world on Sept. 18, a representative of the group said on Monday.

A boatload of 14 activists from the pro-China group, the Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands, reached the largest of the islands, Uotsuri, on Wednesday. The activists were detained and then deported on Friday by the Japanese authorities. That led to protests in Chinese cities over the weekend, and a retaliatory landing by Japanese activists on the same island on Sunday may cause further friction.

Japan rejected China’s protests on Monday but sought a conciliatory note, emphasizing the priority it places on the relationship between the two countries. Osamu Fujimura, the chief cabinet secretary, was quoted by news agencies as saying that “the Japan-China relationship is one of the most important bilateral ties for Japan.” Read More