In the face of the demonstrations, China has seen commentary in state-run media calling for “rational” patriotism. The Chinese Global Times urges China not to “Turn to the dark side.”
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Ownership of the islands dates back for centuries. Guo Xiangang, Deputy Director of the China Institute of International Studies, expressed the view, "There shouldn't be any discussion on Diaoyu Island [group]. It has always been a part of China. Japan, however, insists China lost its ownership when it lost the Sino-Japanese war in 1895. Japan sold the islands in 1932 to descendants of the original settlers. To further complicate the dispute, the United States took control of the Islands as part of Japan's surrender; later returning them, as we withdrew from Okinawa in 1972.
Tensions rose in August, when Japan witnessed Chinese nationals raising the Chinese flag on one of the islands. The Chinese were arrested. Similar flag raising incidents took place in 1990 and in 1996.
In 2010, a Chinese fishing trawler rammed a Japanese Coast Guard vessel patrolling the disputed area.
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