Several hundred Chinese, who support China’s claim to the Diaoyu Islands [known as Senkaku Islands in Japan], protested last week in front of the Consulate General of Japan in Midtown Manhattan against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the United States.
They shouted slogans like, “Oppose the revival of Japanese imperialism” and “Diaoyu Islands belong to China.”
Howard Shiang, whose father fought against the Japanese military, spoke about the Japanese government’s crimes against China during World War II. New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine (D–Nassau County) also joined the protest, denouncing the atrocity committed by Japan against hundreds of thousands of Asian “comfort women.”
Jiang Hong Fa, the chair of the New York Association for Peaceful Reunification of China and a pro-Diaoyu activist, said that the prime minister’s visit to the U.S. is intended to draw attention to the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan and apply it to the Diaoyu Islands.