Monday, 20 August 2012

China-Japan hostilities over Diaoyu/Senkaku islands

Diaoyu/Senkaku islands are a group of uninhabited islands controlled by Japan in the East China SeaChina, Taiwan and Japan maintain claims over the Senkaku Islands.

File:Senkaku-Diaoyu-Tiaoyu-Islan.jpgJapan controlled the islands from 1895 until its surrender at the end of World War IISince the transfer of administration from United States to Japan in 1971, ownership of the islands by Japan has been disputed by China and Taiwan. 

In August 2012, tensions surrounding these islands have flared up. A boat of pro-Chinese supporters tried to land in the islands. They were arrested by the Japanese authorities and subsequently released.  After a few days, a group of Japanese supporters tried to land at the islands. This move triggered protests in China with thousands of Chinese taking to streets and damaging Japanese cars and restaurants, and a string condemnation by  the Chinese government. 

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