The Japan Times is reporting that 1,000 Chinese fishing boats are heading towards the disputed Senkaku / Diaoyu islands in a display of unity with the PRC’s official stance on Japan’s announced plan to purchase the disputed islands and nationalize the territory.
The arrival of thousands of Chinese fishermen could complicate matters between the two East Asian giants as the Japanese Coast Guard patrols in the area will clash with the intruding Chinese fishermen.
Anti-Japan protests continue for the seventh day in the Chinese capital of Beijing but the size of demonstrations has reportedly decreased. PRC police units have tightened security cordons around the Japanese Embassy in Beijing.
Today marks the 81st anniversary of the 1931 Mukden Incident (also known as the Manchurian Incident) that began the long war between China and Japan which later engulfed the entire region in what become World War II. The Mukden Incident was a staged explosion by the Japanese army of a Japanese railway in southern Manchuria which was then blamed on the Chinese and used as a pretext for war.