Skooter reporting 08/19/12
In the middle of escalating territorial row with China, at least 10 Japanese nationalist activists have landed on a group of disputed islands claimed by Japan, Taiwan and China.
After a flotilla carrying about 150 people reached Japan’s controlled Senkaku islands, also called Diaoyu by China, activists swam ashore to the said islands. Activists who had earlier been denied permission to visit the islands were questioned by Japan’s coast guard.
The act sparkled protests in China and strong condemnation from Beijing. The Japanese consulate in China’s southern city of Guanghzou, at least 100 people gathered near the consulate demanding the Japanese to leave the islands, Xinhua news agency said. In Shenzhen, Qingdao and Harbin, anti-Japanese rallies were also held.
The islands lie on the East China Sea, a vital shipping lane, and are said to be lots of gas deposits.
They are also claimed by Taiwan.