(NYTIMES) Activist Chinese Group Plans More Anti-Japan Protests

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August 25, 2012 by Water Wisdom

By KEITH BRADSHER August 21, 2012
香港保钓团体筹划“九一八”抗议
KEITH BRADSHER 报道 2012年08月21日
HONG KONG — The Hong Kong-based group that set off heightened tensions between China and Japan by unfurling flags on a disputed island last week plans to try to keep the issue in the news by seeking to organize protests outside Japanese embassies and consulates around the world on Sept. 18, a representative of the group said on Monday.
香港——周一,香港保钓团体的一名代表称,该团体计划于9月18号在全世界各地的日本大使馆和领事馆外组织抗议,以确保保钓事件持续获得媒体关注。上周,此团体登上一座争议岛屿,并将中国国旗插在岛上,加剧了中日两国之间的紧张局势。
A boatload of 14 activists from the pro-China group, the Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands, reached the largest of the islands, Uotsuri, on Wednesday. The activists were detained and then deported on Friday by the Japanese authorities. That led to protests in Chinese cities over the weekend, and a retaliatory landing by Japanese activists on the same island on Sunday may cause further friction.
周三, 爱国组织保钓行动委员会(Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands)的14名成员乘船到达争议岛群中最大的岛屿——钓鱼岛。这些活动人士遭到拘留,并在周五被日本政府遣返回国。因为这一事件,中国的一些城市在周末发生了抗议活动,日本活动人士也还以颜色,在周日登上了同一岛屿,这可能会引发进一步的冲突。
Japan rejected China’s protests on Monday but sought a conciliatory note, emphasizing the priority it places on the relationship between the two countries. Osamu Fujimura, the chief cabinet secretary, was quoted by news agencies as saying that “the Japan-China relationship is one of the most important bilateral ties for Japan.”
日本驳斥了中国在周一提出的抗议,但是采取了一种安抚性的态度,着重强调了日本对中日两国关系的重视。据新闻媒体报道,内阁官房长官藤村修(Osamu Fujimura)表示,“中日关系是对日本最为重视的双边关系之一。”

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日本活动人士周日登上钓鱼岛,日本称尖阁诸岛。
The Chinese government on Monday was largely silent about the islands, known as the Senkaku in Japan. But the Foreign Ministry criticized Japan on Sunday for allowing the Japanese activists on the island, and the state-controlled news media in China took strongly nationalistic positions regarding the islands on Monday.
周一,中国政府基本上对争议岛屿事件保持了沉默,这些岛屿即日本所称的尖阁诸岛。但是,中国外交部在周日斥责了日本政府允许日本活动人士登岛的行为,中国的官方媒体也在周一就争议岛屿问题表示了强硬的民族主义立场。
David Ko, a fund-raiser and spokesman for the Action Committee, said the group had chosen Sept. 18 for further protests because it is the 81st anniversary of the Manchurian Incident. The incident, a staged bombing of a train track, was used by the Japanese government as a pretext for invading northeastern China the next day in 1931, setting off 14 years of warfare that caused enormous numbers of Chinese military and civilian deaths and other suffering.
保钓行动委员的发言人及其资金筹措者David Ko说,该团体选择在9月18号举行进一步的抗议,是因为那天是“九一八”事变的81周年纪念日。1931年9月18日,日本密谋炸毁了一段铁路,并以此为借口,于次日侵入中国东北地区,拉开了14年战争的序幕。这场战争造成无数中国士兵和平民死亡,给中国人民带来深重的苦难。
Mr. Ko said the committee’s goal was to urge ethnic Chinese all over the world to join protests.
Ko表示,该委员会的目标是呼吁全球华人一起参与到抗议行动中来。
The mainland Chinese protest over the weekend that drew the most attention took place in Shenzhen, where demonstrators turned over a Japanese-brand police vehicle, a Honda CR-V. But Huang Yi, the chairman and executive director of the Zhongsheng Group, which is China’s fifth-largest car dealership chain and the largest seller of Toyota, Nissan and Lexus vehicles in China, said there had been no sign yet of a drop in sales of Japanese-brand cars in China.
周末,中国大陆最引人注目的抗议活动发生在深圳。该市的示威者掀翻了一辆日本牌子的警车,本田CR-V (Honda CR-V)。但是中升集团的董事长兼首席执行官黄毅说,还没有迹象表明,日本牌子的汽车在中国的销量有所下降。中升集团是中国第五大汽车经销连锁企业,并且是丰田(Toyota)、尼桑(Nissan)和雷克萨斯(Lexus)汽车最大的销售商。
Ge Wenda, the head of corporate finance at Zhongsheng, said that previous rounds of tension between China and Japan, which included particularly acrimonious confrontations in 2005 and 2010, had sometimes hurt sales for a day or two. But the spillover effects on car purchases from anti-Japanese sentiment have not lasted long enough to affect monthly sales totals, much less quarterly or annual results, he said.
中升集团的财务总监葛文达(音译)说,前几次中日两国关系紧张的情况,包括2005年和2010年的激烈冲突,有时会导致汽车销量在一天或两天内有所下降。但是,反日情绪对汽车销售造成的外溢影响并没有持续太久,还没到能影响月销量的地步,对季销量和年销量的影响更是微乎其乎。
翻译:谷菁璐

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