Anti-Japanese Protests

Mainland carmakers Guangzhou Auto and Chery in bid to beat slow market

Chery's QQme at a car show. The firm will take advantage of its new partner's production and management experience to move to the higher end of the market. Photo: AFP

Guangzhou Automobile Group, the Chinese partner of Japan's Toyota Motor and Honda Motor, formed an alliance with fellow mainland firm Chery Automobile yesterday to share core technology and management experience in an attempt to boost competitiveness in a slowing market.

Wednesday, 7 November, 2012, 3:36am

Letters to the Editor, September 22, 2012

Difficult times for the Duchess of Cambridge. Photo: AFP

HK people will resist erosion of their rights

During her tearful interview on Cable TV on September 7, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor seemed perplexed by the attitude of the Hong Kong people towards the government and its officials.

The explanation is fairly straightforward.

22 Sep 2012 - 3:18am

Safety officials call for calm heads in Diaoyus row

Protesters head to the Japanese consulate in Shanghai yesterday. Anti-Japanese sentiment earlier led to rallies in as many as 125 mainland cities. Photo: AP

Anti-Japanese protests subsided in Beijing and elsewhere on the mainland yesterday as authorities sought to prevent public anger over the Japanese government's purchase of the Diaoyu Islands spinning out of control.

20 Sep 2012 - 3:20am

Mao portraits in anti-Japan protests a cause for concern for leaders

Demonstrators carry Deng Xiaoping (left) and Mao Zedong portraits during a protest over the Diaoyu islands outside the Japanese embassy in Beijing on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

The unexpected brandishing of images of Mao Zedong in anti-Japan rallies is more worrying than welcome for the Chinese government, even if it has sanctioned or encouraged such protests, analysts say.

Some protesters were seen carrying portraits of Mao and making references to him in chants and on banners during the widespread rallies, which have lasted for days.

20 Sep 2012 - 8:13am 1 comment

Chinese employees of Japanese businesses caught in crossfire

The wreckage at a Japanese car shop after extreme protests.

Violent protests over the disputed Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea have left some Chinese employees of Japanese businesses on the mainland with grave concerns for their personal safety and job security.

20 Sep 2012 - 3:08pm

Islands row not worth the trade risks

A Chinese riot policeman (centre) directs protesters as they march and display anti-Japanese banners during a protest over the Diaoyu islands issue. Photo: AFP

Patriotism has been called many things. It is the last refuge of scoundrels, according to English author Samuel Johnson. It is the virtue of the vicious, according to Oscar Wilde.

Given their sage advice, perhaps one should risk being called a traitor every now and then. Now is such a time.

19 Sep 2012 - 1:15pm 3 comments

Backgrounder: Mukden incident trigger for Japanese invasion

The “Mukden incident” of 1931 – commemorated in China every year as an act of Japanese aggression – saw Japanese troops blow up a railway in northeast China as an excuse to take over Manchuria.

Japan had already been expanding its territory in Asia militarily for several decades.

18 Sep 2012 - 6:08pm

'I had to be on the frontline to capture the actions', says SCMP photographer Felix Wong

With one eye swollen shut and bruises over his nose and forehead, SCMP photographer Felix Wong tells of his ordeal of being beaten up by riot police in Shenzhen when he covered the violent anti-Japanese protests there on Sunday. 

18 Sep 2012 - 9:49am

Anti-Japanese protests hurting businesses

A Heiwado department store is left damaged after being looted in Changsha in Hunan province during the wave of anti-Japan protests. Photo: EPA

Escalating anti-Japanese protests in China are hurting Japanese-related companies, forcing them to either shut down operations or suspend production on the mainland in order to protect their employees and property.

18 Sep 2012 - 8:47am

China vows to protect 2,000 fishing boats heading towards Diaoyus

Fishing boats set off for fishing at East China Sea, on September 16, 2012. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese authorities pledged to ensure the safety of nearly 2,000 fishing boats that began entering disputed waters in the East China Sea yesterday, as Japan warned it would arrest anyone attempting to land on the Diaoyu Islands.

The Fishery Administration Bureau would help vessels in waters near the Diaoyus, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said yesterday.

18 Sep 2012 - 6:21pm 1 comment

Noda calls on China to ensure safety of Japanese citizens

Protesters burn a Japanese flag outside the Japanese embassy in Beijing on Saturday. Photo: AP

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Sunday called on China to ensure the safety of Japanese people and businesses amid a growing territorial row that has seen the spread of anti-Japan demonstrations.

His comments came as thousands of protesters gathered outside Japan’s embassy in Beijing, a day after angry demonstrators tried to storm the building.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Police use force to disperse anti-Japanese protesters in Dongguan

Riot police yesterday used force to disperse hundreds of antiJapanese protesters in an apparent move to stop any nationalist sentiment getting out of hand in the industrial city of Dongguan, near Guangzhou.

Yesterday's crackdown was in marked contrast to recent demonstrations that appeared to have the tacit support of the authorities.

27 Aug 2012 - 6:35am

Bid to calm public after anti-Japanese protests in Shenzhen over Diaoyus

Members of the Ganbare Nippon right-wing group stand beside Japanese flags on one of the disputed Diaoyu Islands. Photo: EPA

Mainland media attempted to calm public anger over the disputed Diaoyu Islands yesterday after an anti-Japanese protest turned ugly in Shenzhen at the weekend.

Editorials in mainland newspapers described the actions of some protesters as "stupid" and called on mainlanders to remain united.

21 Aug 2012 - 4:48am

Mainland protests as Japan activists raise flag on Diaoyu Islands

A crowd overturns a Japanese-brand police car in Shenzhen. Photo: Reuters

Major anti-Japanese demonstrations broke out in several mainland cities yesterday as Japanese nationalists raised flags on the disputed Diaoyu Islands.

Protests took place in Guangzhou, Jinan, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Changsha, Wenzhou, Harbin and Shenzhen.

The demonstration in Shenzhen was the largest and turned ugly in the afternoon.

20 Aug 2012 - 7:18am

Beijing approves anti-Japan protests while avoiding deeper row with Tokyo

The central government has been tolerant of the anti-Japan protests since activists set foot on the Diaoyus, including this demonstration yesterday in Chengdu, Sichuan. Photo: AP

The central government is adopting a two-pronged approach to the large-scale anti-Japanese demonstrations in major mainland cities - apart from in Beijing, according to analysts.

20 Aug 2012 - 5:04am