Sunday 21 January 2018

Tension rises between China and Japan after bus 'attack'

Malcolm Moore in Shanghai

China has issued a travel warning for Japan after a group of Chinese tourists were attacked on a trip to the country in the wake of a bitter row between the two countries.

The warning followed an incident in the south-western port city of Fukuoka when a bus of Chinese tourists was "attacked" by Japanese nationalists.

Japanese media said Japanese nationalists in 10 cars surrounded the bus in the centre of Fukuoka, banging on windows and kicking the bus while screaming abuse.

Wednesday was the 38th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-Japanese diplomatic relations and 50 groups of anti-Chinese protesters had gathered across Kyushu province, said police.

Tension between Japan and China continues to be fraught after an unusually bitter spat over the Diaoyu islands, which both countries claim. China reacted with outrage after a Chinese trawler and its crew were arrested by a Japanese patrol boat in the waters around the islands earlier this month.

China broke off all diplomatic contact with Japan and threatened dire repercussions until Japan eventually backed down, releasing the captain.

Tourism between the two countries has already been badly affected. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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