More than 300 Chinese took to the streets in New York yesterday. Crowds gathered outside Times Square in Manhattan chanting anti-Japanese slogans in a demonstration organised by the New York Action Committee in Defence of the Diaoyu Islands. The protesters - some Malaysian or Vietnamese-Chinese - also urged Chinese Foreign Minister Qian Qichen to state China's sovereignty over the islands in his meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Yukihiko Ikeda tomorrow. They called on the Chinese Government to be prepared to use the military to defend the islands. Exiled dissident Yan Jiaqi, who participated, asked Beijing not to suppress mainland protests. Denying people's voices would lead to unrest, he warned. Three members from Hong Kong's 1-2-3 Democratic Alliance launched a 41-hour hunger strike outside the United Nations' headquarters. They called on the UN to refuse Japan's bid for permanent membership in the Security Council and condemn Japan during the annual General Assembly meeting.