Chinese media praise Hong Kong activists’ landing on disputed Diaoyu Islands…with censorship

August 16, 2012Jing Gao11 Comments, , , , , , , , ,

Wednesday afternoon, 14 activists from Hong Kong successfully landed on one of a set of disputed islands, over which Japan, China and Taiwan all claim sovereignty, and planted Chinese flags on the island as a gesture of declaring ownership. Chinese media, including the state broadcaster China Central Television, reported and lauded their patriotic feat, while trying their best efforts to hide the national flag of Taiwan in an iconic photo.

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.

Because China regards Taiwan as a renegade province, to which the defeated Kuomintang Party fled to after the Chinese Civil War in 1949, and therefore an integral part of China, its official title – Republic of China, are not recognized by China, the United Nations, or countries with which China has formal diplomatic relations, as the result of its political maneuvering. China’s education sector, publishing industry and media are generally not allowed to show the flag of Taiwan to the general public.


In the original photo marking the victory of the activists, two flags of the People’s Republic of China, also known as Red Flag with Five Stars, and one flag of Republic of China, also known as Flag with Blue Sky, White Sun, and a Wholly Red Earth, are shown.


In a CCTV newscast, only one Chinese flag with a small part of the island is shown. The rest of the picture is blurred.


Two Chinese newspapers, Jing Daily and Wuhan Morning Post, splashed headlines across the page to block the view of the Taiwan flag.

Beijing News

West China City Daily


Xiamen Business Paper, a newspaper distributed in Xiamen, Fujian province, even manipulated the flag of Taiwan to make it look like a generic red flag.

Selected comments from Sina Weibo:

喻劭:They are the best at the ostrich mode of self-delusion. Having this kind of energy, they’ve invested it on things they shouldn’t have.

杀米国@Wuhan Evening Post What’s been hidden is conscience. What can be seen is shamelessness.

lgglpp: With a shameless government comes a disgraceful mouthpiece.

肖雪慧: Such a picture from the state-run media tells the whole world convincingly: they are capable of falsifying things right under everyone’s nose, let alone falsifying the history.

佛罗里达飘零燕:Diaoyu Islands belong to the Chinese people, be them under the Red Flag with Five Stars, or under Flag with Blue Sky and White Sun. There is only one common enemy. Isn’t it too narrow-minded to do such a kind of thing right now?

西山小宝:Please forgive the peers in the mainland. They are pushing the boundary little by little. They’ve tried their best.

有法治你47:Ever since 1949, they’ve been falsifying history and doing shady business.

迎风种子:They call falsification “decision to use and not to use.” What kind of journalism code of ethics is that?

许康平: They should be praised for not photoshopping it into a Communist Party flag.

急冲人鱼:Can’t really blame the newspapers. If we really want to blame, blame it on our party’s censorship!

LiTong:Are they still obliterating facts in the same way they obliterated exploits of the National army (Kuomintang-led armed forces against Japanese invaders during the Sino-Japanese War) in the history textbooks? Wake up! [鄙视]

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11 comments to “Chinese media praise Hong Kong activists’ landing on disputed Diaoyu Islands…with censorship”

  1. real name | August 16, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    is there any version with three Japanese flags?

  2. Blacksoth | August 16, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Who actually lives on these islands? That’s what I want to know.

    • Parigi | August 16, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      Nobody lives there.
      And nobody wants to live there … untl somebody else says he wants it.
      Stupidest chest-beating Neanderthal nationalism.

      • X | August 17, 2012 | Permalink Reply

        You have no idea of the essentials of territorial and marginal disputes at all, don’t you? It is not about making people to live on those islands, it is about your military deployment, natural resource development, all these rights. If Japan owned these islands, its military ships will be able to get much closer to the coast of China.

        • Occram's | August 17, 2012 | Permalink Reply

          Agreed. But I feel really suspicious about this whole China attitude. They’re looking for trouble in every single way possible. They cannot be so stupid unless they are actually planning to start using the force for bigger purposes.

          • Blacksoth | August 19, 2012 | Permalink

            Actually this seems the latest in a very clear progression.

            1)The increased assertion of power over Hong Kong and now Taiwan (not least of which is the regular show of force in the form of “war games”).

            2)Massive amounts of investment in the navy, and especially, an aircraft carrier to form a navy battlegroup; expanding the chinese military prescence in the ocean. (China knows it’s economy is vulnerable to trade specifically along it’s coast, and in the past the U.S. has crippled enemies with its navy by closing down trade routes. There’s also oil and other resources to consider as China could be affected by US moves against Iran and others in the middle east.)

            This just seems to me like China now believes it’s ready to take on all comers. We’ll see what the japanese response is. Japan has been very reluctant to show any sign of military strength under any circumstances, but there’s a fringe component to the japanese public that are tired of getting kicked around by non-japanese.

  3. Sea_Horse_Mirror | August 17, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    This is why a chunk of Taiwanese don’t wish to rejoin China. Just accept they exist goddamn it!

    • Ashvin | December 30, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      Hey, you used to write fantastic, but the last few posts have been kinda bornig… I miss your great writings. Past few posts are just a bit out of track! come on!

  4. juij | August 18, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    There will be the world hegemony aim that it is mean to do it in China

  5. Ales | August 19, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Where’s the flag for Hong Kong?

  6. KopyKatKiller | August 20, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    The emperor wears no clothes. China has no face.

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