Friday, August 17, 2012

China Buzz

China Buzz

Japan arrests 14 Chinese on Diaoyu Islands, sparking public outrage

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 10:42 PM PDT

A HUGE storm of public indignation has been provoked, after Japan arrested 14 Chinese activists on Diaoyu Islands on Wednesday and the CCP showed its inability again to deal with the matter.

On August 12, a Hong Kong activist group of 14 people set sail from Hong Kong to the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea to assert Chinese sovereignity over the islands. They planned to join two vessels at sea from Taiwan and Xiamen city in southeast China’s Fujian province, but the later two groups of activists cancelled the plan at the end.

Seven activists from Hong Kong landed on the islands at around 5:30 pm local time on Wednesday raising China’s national flag, and Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan’s flags as well. Five of them were arrested on the islands, and two managed to return back to the fishing boat. Later, two Japanese coast guard vessels blocked their way, and rammed the boat damaging its front end. All the other nine on board were then detained by Japan too and escorted to Japanese port city of Naha.

Following the illegal arrest of Chinese nationals on the Diaoyu Islands, Chinese central government on Wednesday lodged solemn representations to Japan. Angry Chinese held anti-Japanese protests at the Japanese consulates in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, and other cities to demand an immediate release of the activists too.

On China’s websphere however, the flame of outrage and anti-Japanese sentiment surged even more violently that China’s twitter like Weibo has been seen censoring some comments.

A huge number of netziens criticized the government’s inability to protect Chinese nationals in China’s territory, and called it a shame on the government that is notorious for corruption and tough ruling internally.

Some Netizens mocked that Chinese government only knew to lodge representations and condemn, by saying that Japanese can not be condemned to death, while some others slammed the government, questioning why did not Chinese army arrest the Japanese coast guards and vessels on the islands instead.

The existing voice to boycott Japan and stop buying Japanese products have been revived again, with some ones urging China to declear war against Japan.

And some netizens started expressing praises to South Korean president Lee Myung-bak who made a visit to the country’s easternmost islets of Dokdo that Japan claims its own.

The Wednesday detention coincided with the 67th anniversary of Japan’s World War II surrender. Two Japanese cabinet ministers visited a controversial shrine in Tokyo honoring Japan’s war dead as well as war criminals on the same day.

Serial killer’s young girlfriend picked up by police for further investigation

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 03:15 PM PDT

Zhou Kehua's young girlfriend taken away by police for investigation

A 20-year-old woman, believed to be the girlfriend of China’s most dangerous man who had killed 10 innocent people in past 8 years, has sparked interests online.

The woman, sunamed Zhang, is now under interrogation by Chongqing police.

As the internet reports have suggested that Zhou Kehua would call his girlfriend to discuss about the criminal plans every time, Chongqing police are trying to find from the woman more details of Zhou’s crime spree, and possibility of Zhou involved in other cases.

Reportedly, a phone call on August 13 between Zhou and the woman discussing about the next move for a “big one” following the “8.10″ robbery that Zhou only made off 70 thousand yuan was acquired by Chongqing police, becoming an important clue for officers to hunt down the serial killer.

And then a Chongqing resident spotted him in a shopping mall and reported to police, finally leading to the encounter on August 14 that killed the dangerous armed robber. (The resident was thus rewarded with 600,000 yuan, according to Chongqing authorities.)

Though Chongqing police have yet to disclose more information about Zhang, a set of her photos have been circulating on the web.

The 20-year-old is said to be from Yibin, Sichuan, and she rented an apartment with the killer in Chongqing for the convenience of Zhou committing crimes.

Zhang’s parents were shocked when they learned that their daught was in relation with the “Class A” killer. They said they only knew that she stayed in Chongqing for the treatments of the epilepsy she’s got when she was a third year student of middle school.

Zhang dropped out school for the disease of epilepsy that showed her intellectual ability declining after graduation from middle school. And since then she has been working as a migrant worker far away from home and seldom returned back to see her parents.

Zhou Kehua's young girlfriend taken away by police for investigation

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