It seems the Chinese government isn’t the only one displeased with Japanese planes “bein’ all up in their ADIZ.” Netizens have called for China to take defensive action and cut off all economic ties with Japan, Reuters reports:
With strict government controls generally preventing people from taking to the streets to express their anger – though there were torrid anti-Japan protests last year – Chinese have flocked to the Twitter-like Sina Weibo service to make their voices heard.
“You little Japanese are shameless. Our military ought to fiercely strike you down, attacking until you admit the error of your ways and until you give our land back to us,” wrote a Weibo user who identified himself as Hong Zaixing.
“We must attack them – I’m willing to sign up,” wrote Hong Yindou.
Others said that China should suspend all economic links with Japan.
“Boycott Japanese goods, kill the thieves,” wrote “snakes watching ants”.
“The best method would be to cut off all economic exchanges with Japan. Within a year they would collapse,” added “Jilisi hot”.
China’s Defense Ministry said it monitored the B-52s’ flight, adding that it had the ability to “effectively manage and control” the zone, but made no threat of retaliation.
Some Weibo users said stronger action was needed.
“Lodging protests won’t get you anywhere. We must take real action. Nobody is scared of protests,” wrote “gongzhuai521”.
As much as we’d like to say the government’s ploy to divert attention from internal problems has worked, unlike with earlier anti-Japan protests, citizens are acting without government help this time. And the anti-Japanese fervor appears equally intense. Let’s just hope these responses represent the redneck portion of Chinese web users and don’t reflect popular opinion.