Morning Clicks

Chinese workers destroy Panasonic factory from within

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 September, 2012, 9:54am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 September, 2012, 9:56am

As a number of Japanese-owned firms suspend operations today amid recent violent anti-Japanese protests spread throughout China, M.I.C. Gadget writer Star Chang has come across photographs which show the extent of internal sabotage at one Panasonic factory in Zhuhai.

Also in Chang's post is video footage from within a now-closed Canon factory, showing workers calling for a strike.


Morning Clicks

Bangkok Post
-- Why China's nationalism is a threat Unfortunately, the emphasis on perceived past and current victimisation represents only part of the self-absorbed nationalism fostered by Chinese authorities.

-- China-built projects in US stir up environmental concerns With concerns focused on labour and safety issues, the environmental consequences of Chinese contractors’ growing reach have received little attention.

-- What Microblogs Aren’t Telling You About China Weibo-sourced reportage is useful insofar as it provides a glimpse into the conversation among a certain segment of the Chinese population. There are still millions of Chinese people who have yet to join this “national conversation.”

-- Chinese Press Review: Making Patriotism Useful …readers are reminded that September 18 is the day of commemorating the Mukden Incident. That said, the issue of safeguarding sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands [Senkakus], citizens feelings should not turn into “boycotts of Japanese goods” (Xinhua cites an example of such action in Shenzhen), “cancelling Japan trips” or even smashing Japan-made police cars.

Mark MacKinnon
-- Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Panasonic, Canon, Uniqlo all temporarily shuttering Chinese operations amid anti-Japanese protests. Did I miss any?

Ministry of Tofu
-- On Weibo, Japanophobic mobsters are far from the majority Photos and footage of the monstrosity on the largest scale since the end of Cultural Revolution in 1976 were displayed and relayed in many parts of the world, including Japan.

Seagull Reference
-- Police Along Soldiers Tied to Riots 20 some young men with same short hair style were seen marching to the scene in formation. They dressed casually as civilians, but many of them carried police communication radios (circled in red).

-- Is China’s New Stealth Fighter Headed to Sea? The J-21, according to the three photos of it circulating on the Internet, has twin nose wheels. That’s the kind of tough landing gear usually associated with naval fighters optimized for launching and landing on the heaving decks of aircraft carriers at sea.


Media Roundup

-- China Urges "Rational Expression" of Patriotism in Escalating Diaoyu Row with Japan 
-- Home Depot Shuts 7 Stores in China; Denies Retreat 
-- Massive Anti-Japan Protests Erupted in China (photos)

-- A Chinese Investment Left Twisting in the Wind 
-- Closer Look: How a Protest in Beijing Stuck to the Script 
-- Yuan Steps into Futures on Hong Kong Platform

China Daily
-- Firms close on anniversary 
-- Consider sanctions on Japan 
-- Lanzhou New Zone looks to new opportunity 
-- China steps up vigilance at sea

Global Times
-- Fishermen set sail for Diaoyu waters 
-- 80,000 march against Japan

People's Daily
-- Japan urged to listen to Chinese public's appeal on Diaoyu Islands 
-- Three questions for Japan: What is Japan's intention behind “buying the Diaoyu Islands?” 
-- Do not attempt to seize half inch of Chinese territory 
-- Citizens angry at Tokyo take to the streets 
-- PLA Daily:Who on earth is sabotaging regional stability?

Sina English
-- Avoid being kidnapped by pseudo-patriotism 
-- PLA units hone their battle skills

The Economic Observer
-- Manufacturers Reject Business to Stay Profitable

-- Vandalism in protests unpopular among Chinese public 
-- U.S. requests WTO consultations with China over auto export subsidies 
-- China reiterates opposition to protectionism 
-- U.S. defense secretary arrives in Beijing