China blamed Japan for the renewed tension over the disputed Diaoyu Islands. A day after a failed landing attempt by Hong Kong and Taiwanese activists, Beijing said Japan had not done enough to avoid a showdown with the protesters. 'The Japanese Government has encouraged nationalists to land on the islands. The responsibility rests entirely with Japan,' said a Foreign Ministry spokesman for China. Meanwhile, Diaoyu activists aborted their plan to land on the disputed islands, but vowed to return to establish Chinese sovereignty over the archipelago. They retreated after a nine- hour drama in rough seas as 60 vessels from Japan's Maritime Services Agency blockaded the islands. The Diaoyu Tai protest boat was slightly damaged in a collision. Two Hong Kong men, Lai Kwok-tai and Fong Kam-wah, jumped aboard a Japanese launch as the Diaoyu Tai rammed it. Governor-General Sir William Deane received a standing ovation as he apologised to Aborigines for their generations of stolen children in Australia. In a speech marking the 30th anniversary of a referendum that gave Aborigines citizenship rights for the first time, Sir William told a reconciliation convention he was 'profoundly sorry' for the forced removal of children from their parents. He also referred to 'the appalling state of Aboriginal health, unemployment, education, living conditions, lack of self-esteem'. Red Cross officials from North and South Korea signed an agreement on providing crucial food aid for the famine-stricken North. The 50,000 tonnes of food, mostly corn, which the South Koreans agreed to provide by the end of July is enough to feed 600,000 people for six months. The deal was the first between the Red Cross societies of the rivals since a 1985 pact on visits for displaced families. Eric Cantona (see Page 1), who retired from professional soccer last week, has myriad choices should he decide to go back on that original decision. English Premier League champions Manchester United are believed to be still paying Cantona a reported GBP15,000 (about HK$190,000) per week in the hope of his comeback. Princess Diana made her first official royal visit outside London for 18 months when she formally opened a centre in central England for artists with disabilities. Diana arrived at Leicester University's Richard Attenborough Centre for Disability and the Arts on board a royal helicopter flying the Queen's flag.