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article imageJapanese and Chinese protesters collide over island ownership

By Leo Reyes     Oct 16, 2010 in Politics
Chinese and Japanese protesters collide in a rally Saturday in central Tokyo over the ownership of a group of islands located between Okinawa and Taiwan.
The group of islands are known in China as Diaoyu and Senkaku in Japan are uninhabited islands in the east China Sea.
Yahoo News reports:
At the start of the rally, Asako Ogura, a lawyer who belongs to the conservative Sunrise Party, drew large cheers as she took up a microphone to claim China had been ungrateful to Japan.
"We Japanese have long extended official development assistance by using taxpayers' money, and the Chinese economy has grown to surpass the Japanese".
"But China used its economic power to build up its military and now demands we hand over Senkaku and Okinawa on the back of the military power," she said."
Around 2,000 protesters participated in the rally which was generally peaceful except for some arrests made by police on two protesters who were immediately released.
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