Protests build in China over Japan island row
BEIJING (AFP) - Protests broke out in at least six Chinese cities on Sunday as people took to the streets after Japanese nationalists landed on an island claimed by both countries, state media said.
The nationalists raised Japanese flags on Uotsurijima just days after Tokyo deported pro-Beijing protesters who had landed on the island. China had warned against acts "harming" its territorial sovereignty.
More than a hundred people gathered near the complex housing the Japanese consulate in China's southern city of Guangzhou, chanting "Japan Get Out Of The Diaoyu Islands," the official Xinhua news agency said.
In nearby Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong, protesters gathered at an outdoor plaza, waving Chinese flags and shouting slogans, Xinhua said, but did not give the number of participants.