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Why Chinese are protesting Japan again (+video)

Japan and China both gave vent this weekend to nationalism over the Senkaku/Diaoyu island dispute. But indications now are they want to keep the hostility in check. 

Chinese protesters overturn Japanese-made automobiles in response to Japanese protesters landing on disputed islands.
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Anti-Japan demonstrations erupted in China over the weekend, highlighting a sovereignty dispute between Asia’s two biggest economies ahead of a major leadership transition later this year for China.

China is not stopping the anti-Japan demonstrations in an effort to appear confident at home, but neither Beijing or Tokyo show signs of allowing a return to the lows of 2005, when riots across China targeted Japanese shops and lasted for about a month.

“The Chinese government wants to show the Chinese people they are not taking a subtle approach on sovereignty issues, especially regarding Japan,” says Shi Yinhong, international relations professor at Renmin University of China in Beijing.

Since former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi left his post in 2006 after a series of actions that upset China, newer leaders in Tokyo have tried to get along with Beijing and its impossible-to-ignore global economic might.


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