War between Japan and China over Diaoyu/Senkaku islands is waged on iPad

July 8, 2012Jing Gao2 Comments, , , , , , , , , ,

From NetEase

A Chinese computer game developer launched a new iPad game, called Defend the Diaoyu Islands, set against the backdrop of the ongoing land dispute between Japan and China over a group of uninhabited islands in the Each China Sea. In the first week after its launching, the game stormed to the top 10 free iPad games in iTunes’ China app store. It is said that most game downloaders come from China, the United States, and, surprisingly, Japan.

Senkaku Islands, popularly known to the Chinese-speaking population as Diaoyu Islands, are currently controlled by Japan. But both People’s Republic of China and Taiwan (Republic of China) claim sovereignty over the territory, citing historical records back in the 15th century, an unequal treaty signed by China’s Qing Dynasty in 1895 that ceded Diaoyu with the whole island of Taiwan to Japan, and clandestine deal made between Japan and the United States after the defeat of Japan in the World War II that allows Japan to retain ownership.


Launched on June 21 by Shenzhen ZQGame, the game’s main theme is to put players in the position of the Chinese military and have them defend the disputed islands from attacking Japanese soldiers. The inscription on the rock says, “Chinese territorial integrity is sacred and inviolable.”


Depictions of Japanese enemies are stereotypical and buffoonish, in the form of clumsy sumo wrestlers, mustachioed militants, ninjas and samurais. Players can use a variety of weapons and techniques to wipe out Japanese. There are altogether 71 levels, each named after an island.


The game is laid out in similar fashion to that of the popular strategy-defense game Plants VS. Zombies.



According to UMeng, a Chinese company focusing on serving app developer with detailed apps usage data, the top three countries by number of downloaders are China, the United States and Japan.

But contrary to the usual outpouring of nationalism at the mere mention of conflicts between Japan and China, this time, many Chinese net users sneer at the game Defense the Diaoyu Islands and dismiss it as Dutch courage and wild fantasy.

Selected comments from NetEase

他说不可以 [网易四川省成都市武侯区网友]:2012-07-06 14:07:28 发表
Masturbating is good for the health. Wild fantasy is food the country.

問水 [网易广东省广州市网友]:2012-07-06 14:14:57 发表
Was bullied by Japan like a dog during the World War II, so it (China) produces a whole lot of war epics with fantasies! And now, it even comes with the idea of fantasizing through games. Hahaha!

伊达公子正宗 [网易江苏省南京市网友]:2012-07-06 14:32:34 发表
The visual design of this little game is okay. I just feel like laughing. But if Japan develops a game that tells the other side of the story, those angry young men will jump out and boycott it as if their entire families were killed. What a world of difference in the bearing between the two! So there are superior and inferior races!

网易香港网友 ip:218.188.*.*2012-07-06 14:33:44 发表

One word: shameless
Two words: truly inept
Three words: Like a eunuch

wcnjnr [网易浙江省温州市网友]:2012-07-06 14:07:14 发表
A waste of time, effort, electricity and bandwidth…

网易江西省南昌市网友 [湘军精神领袖] 的原贴:1
3 million green cards (U.S. permanent residence cards) can instantaneously make 3 million People’s Liberation Army troops collapse. Let’s wait for the most classic battle in the 21st century.

网易加拿大网友 [mx3741] 的原贴:2
Classic comment.

网易河南省郑州市网友 [愤青证明年轻] 的原贴:3
Sigh. The first floor, please visit other websites when you free, so you won’t have such abnormal behavior. China has at least tens of billions of netizens. Every day, you accuse people of being brainwashed. Paradoxically, if you only focus on the dark side of the society, how can you say you are not being brainwashed?

killjapanese [网易山东省济南市手机网友]:2012-07-08 01:21:40 发表
The third floor (referring to the previous commenter) must be a patriot within the system.

网易重庆市网友 ip:125.85.*.*2012-07-07 15:24:04 发表
They have no guts for the real deal, so playing a game is the most they can do. Sigh.

lixia838 [网易广东省广州市手机网友]:2012-07-07 11:07:20 发表
Very good. China ought to have this type of patriotic game. It is necessary to be stay wary and be psychologically prepared for danger. Diaoyu Islands belong to China. Chinese can never act nonchalant and noncommittal.

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2 comments to “War between Japan and China over Diaoyu/Senkaku islands is waged on iPad”

  1. Rachel | July 8, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Actually,I don’t think it’s very appropriate,for I wouldn’t take it well if Japanese ever develope a game about Nanjing Massacre,although it’s not quite the same kind of thing.I’d rather this issue be addressed by diplomacy or even war than use a game as an outlet.

    • Blacksoth | July 8, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      A game is more neutral then offical statements or diplomacy (and the depiction is rather absurd and funny). As someone neither japanese or chinese, I look at this and think that the japanese are big enough to laugh at themselves since they’ve elected to play it too.

      I wonder if the chinese could do the same?

      P.S. Warriors of the Rainbow Seediq Bale is a great movie series about this kind of thing (made by the Taiwanese I believe). I recommend it.

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