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Angry protesters shun Japanese businesses in China over Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands

A protester destroys a Japanese-brand police car in an anti-Japan protest in Shenzhen

SCMP reports: “The intensity of anger in China over the latest Sino-Japanese dispute has some businessmen wondering if things will ever be same again

“‘I’m going home,’ said Naohito Sato, a Japanese entrepreneur based in Shanghai for 10 years, who feels the anti-Japanese sentiment now sweeping China is more than just fiery rhetoric.

“‘I think it’s totally different from the previous rows between the two countries,’ said Sato. ‘I have made up my mind to go home. China is no longer a good market for Japanese companies.’

“A nationwide boycott against Japanese brands since the territorial dispute between the two Asian giants escalated in September has caused numerous companies to either suspend or slash production on the mainland.

“Sato, a 40-year-old who speaks fluent Putonghua, has an agency serving several major Japanese companies operating on the mainland. Back in September he was set to open a Japanese-food restaurant in Shanghai’s bustling Hongqiao area when all hell broke loose.

“Chinese protesters took to the streets of mainland cities in fury at Japan’s purchase of three islets in the Diaoyu Islands, which are at the heart of a territorial dispute between the two countries.

“In nationalistic fervour, Japanese cars were smashed and Japanese restaurants attacked. Anti-Japan slogans were chanted at mass demonstrations amid calls to stop buying Japanese goods.

“Sato had just sunk 1 million yuan (HK$1.2 million) into his restaurant. He decided to put back the opening for a month, but since the doors opened in October, business has been bad.

“‘It’s not just because my restaurant is new and not many people know about it yet,’ he said. ‘The other Japanese restaurants in the neighbourhood are also doing pretty badly.’

“The anger against Japan has been more widespread and more violent than in any previous protests, for example, when Japanese dignitaries visit Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni shrine – which includes memorials to war criminals sentenced to death for crimes committed during the second world war.

“The territorial dispute over the tiny, uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, which are known as the Senkakus in Japan, inflamed popular anger across the mainland like never before.”

“Not that the man on the street needs any cues from the government. There is enough evidence Japanese businesses are already hurting as many Chinese consumers shun their products.”

“Japan’s big carmakers have reduced output in China by 40 per cent, according to reports, while sales are down by nearly half – with the latest figures showing things could be getting worse.”

Source: SCMP “Angry protesters shun Japanese businesses in China over Diaoyus”

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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee


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