As the territorial dispute between China and Japan is gathering pace, analysts warn it could hurt trade relationships and bring Japanese producers more losses than the earthquake in 2011.
Growing concerns over the future of trade relations between China and Japan pushed down Japanese shares on Tuesday. Nissan, the biggest Japanese car maker by sales in China, fell by 5.2%, showing the weakest performance since May, in Tokyo trading.
Honda fell as much as 3%, while Fast Retailing, which operates Uniqlo apparel shops dropped 5.9%, to the lowest level since June 5.
Anti-Japan protesters clash with riot police in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on September 18, 2012.
Anti-Japan protests erupt in 100 cities in China on Mukden Incident anniversary
BEIJING/SHANGHAI — The anniversary Tuesday of a 1931 incident that led to Japan’s occupation of northeastern China fueled anti-Japan sentiment across China, sparking protests in at least 100 cities where people denounced Tokyo’s recent nationalization of the Senkaku Islands claimed by China.
As armed police tightened security around the Japanese Consulate General in Shanghai, about 7,000 protesters chanted slogans such as “Destroy Japanese imperialism,” “Boycott Japanese products” and “Destroy Japan and retrieve Okinawa.”
Some shouted, “Never forget our national humiliation. Never forget 9.18,” referring to the start of the Mukden Incident, or Manchurian Incident, in which Japanese military officers blew up a portion of a Japanese railroad in southern Manchuria, which Japan used as a pretext for invading northeastern China.
BEIJING, China – Old wounds amplified outrage over a burning territorial dispute Tuesday as thousands of Chinese protested Tokyo’s purchase of islands claimed by Beijing and marked the 81st anniversary of a Japanese invasion that China has never forgotten.
China marks every Sept. 18 by blowing sirens to remember a 1931 incident that Japan used as a pretext to invade Manchuria, setting off a brutal occupation of China that ended only at the close of World War II. Demonstrations are not routine, but this year, as Chinese fume over last week’s Japanese purchase of long-contested islands in the East China Sea, they spread across the country.
Outside the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, thousands of protesters shouted patriotic slogans and demanded boycotts of Japanese goods. Some burned Japanese flags and threw apples, water bottles and eggs at the embassy, which was heavily guarded by three layers of paramilitary police and metal barricades.
“I came here so our islands will not be invaded by Japan,” said Wang Guoming, a retired soldier and seller of construction materials who said he came to the embassy from Linfen in Shanxi province to vent his frustration.
“We believe we need to declare war on them because the Japanese devils are too evil. Down with little Japan!” he said.
Two Japanese nationals have landed on one of the islands at the center of a heated territorial dispute with China, as Beijing braces for a day of anti-Japan protests.
Japanese officials say the activists ignored police warnings and swam ashore early Tuesday to the largest of the islands, known in Japanese as Senkaku and in Chinese as Diaoyu. Coast guard officials say they later returned to their boat.
Land Grab Convergence: China Military Drills Focus On Seizing Japanese Islands By Force
Beijing: Amid a raging dispute with Japan over islands in East China Sea, Chinese army has scaled up its military exercises on all fronts including aerial drills by its air force in Tibet as well as by special forces.
Special operations forces from the PLA have began an annual set of military drills aimed at training reconnaissance capabilities and survival skills, state-run CCTV reported.
While its naval forces in the East China Sea practiced capture of islands, state media here carried picture of Air Force planes flying over Himalayas in a formation.
Special operations forces from the PLA have began an annual set of military drills aimed at training reconnaissance capabilities.