The owner of a Diaoyu Islands-themed restaurant in Beijing was forced by the property management company to take down its signage because it was “too sensitive”, according to the Global Times.
Imagine a small-scale TGI Fridays, but replace sports flags and license plates whimsically mounted on walls with replica machine guns, national flags and a bar counter modeled after China’s first aircraft carrier, Liaoning. That’s pretty much the Diaoyu Islands Malatang Shop, which serves up such light-hearted delicacies as “Diaoyu hand grenades” (banana fritters) and “Diaoyu heavy artillery” (sweet potato balls).
The owner, surnamed Lu, said that he was merely trying to show where he stands in the country’s long-running dispute with Japan over the Diaoyu Islands, but the property management threatened to cut off the shop’s electricity and water if he didn’t remove it.
“We just have our stance,” Lu told AFP while dressed in a camouflage vest. “The Diaoyu Islands belong to China, and this claim is made with our patriotic passion.”
He added somewhat convincingly that the restaurant is totally welcoming to Japanese visitors in China.
“It was not like what other (restaurants) said, ‘Japanese people and dogs are not allowed to enter’,” Lu said, likely referring to this restaurant in Beijing’s Houhai area. “We welcome people from abroad, including Japanese friends.”
Previously on Shanghaiist: ‘Protect the Diaoyu Islands’ store opens in Hebei
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