World View: China Sends Warships in Brewing Confrontation with Japan

This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com:
  • Egypt's 'million man march' fizzles as protesters attack in Sudan and Tunisia
  • Japan/China confrontation brews as China sends warships to Senkaku islands
  • Attacks on Japanese in Beijing increase as September 18 approaches
  • Chinese expats in Athens Greece protest against Japan

Egypt's 'million man march' fizzles as protesters attack in Sudan and Tunisia

Arab protests at U.S. embassies in the Mideast continued for a fourth day on Friday, but the promised "million man march" in Cairo Egypt fizzled for the most part, although a smaller demonstration continues. There were small demonstrations throughout the Mideast, but the attacks in Sudan and Nigeria were more significant. In Khartoum, angry protesters attacked the British and German Embassies on Friday, setting fire to parts of the buildings. They also tore down the German flag and raised an Islamist banner. In Tunis, at least two people were killed and 29 others were wounded on Friday when police fought hundreds of protesters who ransacked the U.S. embassy. Hundreds of protesters wielding petrol bombs, stones and sticks had charged at the security forces protecting the embassy before jumping a wall to invade the compound. "Obama, Obama, we are all Osamas," they chanted. They pulled down the U.S. flag flying over the embassy, burned it, and replaced it with a black flag emblazoned with the Shahada, the Islamic declaration of faith. The Sun (London) and Spiegel and Reuters

Japan/China confrontation brews as China sends warships to Senkaku islands

Last week, Japan's government "purchased" the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands from a family that it recognizes as the owner. The islands are disputed by China, and the purpose of the purchase was to head off some highly nationalistic actions by the Mayor of Tokyo that the federal government. However, the Chinese viewed this as a sign of weakness, and sent six warships to the islands. The Foreign Ministry issued a statement:

Two Chinese surveillance ship fleets have arrived at waters around the Diaoyu Islands and adjacent islands on September 14, 2012, to start patrol and law enforcement. These law enforcement and patrol activities are designed to demonstrate China’s jurisdiction over the islands and safeguard its maritime interests.

Japan's Foreign Minister said, "I’d like to underscore that we should never let the situation escalate. We have strong hopes the Chinese government will respond to the situation in an appropriate and also a calm manner."

This is probably a good time to remind readers that the Senkaku/Diaoyu are considered Japanese territory under the mutual defense treaty that the United States and Japan signed in 1960. Under the terms of the treaty, we're obligated to go to war with China to defend the islands if China attacks them. AFP and Xinhua

Attacks on Japanese in Beijing increase as September 18 approaches

In Beijing, at least six Japanese were reported to have been attacked. In Shanghai, one man was injured when hot noodles were poured on him. The attacks were triggered by the confrontation over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, and are expected to increase in the next few days. September 18 marks the 81st anniversary of the brutal Japanese occupation of China, a memory that still evokes xenophobic reactions in China. The Hindu

Chinese expats in Athens Greece protest against Japan

The confrontation between China and Japan over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands has spread to Greece. About 200 members of the Chinese community in Greece gathered outside the Japanese embassy building, raising banners and placards in Chinese, English and Greek saying, "Chinese expats in Greece firmly oppose Japanese occupation to Chinese territory Diaoyu Islands." Xinhua

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