On September 15, 2012 thousands of Chinese activists pelted stones and eggs at the Japanese Embassy in Beijing. Protests were also reported in the other cities in China amid growing tension between Asia’s two biggest economies over a group of disputed islands.
The Embassy was barricaded by the paramilitary police with shields and batons. The protestors chanted slogans and waved the flag. Sometimes the protestors even tried to storm the building.
Some shouted, “Return our islands! Japanese devils get out!” One of the protestors held up the signs which said, “For the respect of the motherland, we must go to war with Japan.” One of the protestors, Liu Gang, a migrant worker from the southern region of guangxi said, “We hate Japan. We’ve always hated Japan. Japan invaded China and killed a lot of Chinese. We will never forget.”
There were reports of tensions reported from all around China, Japan and said it is the foreign minister who had cut short the visit to Australia while arriving back to Tokyo on Saturday. The issue of the territorial dispute took a dramatic turn when China sent six surveillance ships to a group of uninhabited islets in the East China Sea and raised tensions between the two countries.