Sunday, August 19, 2012

China Daily Says Japan Must Hear Chinese Voice on Diaoyu Islands, Baidu Bans Tieba Forums on Diaoyu Islands

On August 16, 2012, the state-sponsored China Daily published an editorial from the Beijing News entitled "Chinese Public Opinion Should be Heard". Some excerpts:
A group of activists from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region broke through obstructions of the Japanese and successfully landed on the Diaoyu Islands on Aug 15, Victory over Japan Day, to assert China’s claim to the Diaoyu Islands. 
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China’s independent and peaceful foreign policy is built on the basis of national will and public support. If the Japanese side turns a deaf ear to the expression of Chinese people’s will and doesn’t stop at the brink of the precipice, it is bound to pay the price.
This screenshot, taken on August 17, shows that a search for "Diaoyu Islands" (钓鱼岛) on Baidu's Tieba Forum returns the following notice: "Apologies, in accordance with relevant laws, regulations, and policies, this forum cannot be open at this time." (抱歉,根据相关法律法规和政策,本吧暂不开放。).