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Anti-Japan sentiment in China could benefit Taiwanese products: exhibitors

Staff writer, with CNA, NANJING

The current anti-Japanese sentiment in China, resulting from a territorial dispute, could benefit Taiwan-made products, Taiwanese business representatives at a trade fair in Nanjing said yesterday.

While it is too soon to determine the extent to which the mood in China may benefit Taiwanese businesses, the timing of the trade fair is ideal for promoting Taiwan-made items, some of the businesses said. Their assessment was partly based on the comments of some buyers at the fair.

“I’m really angry at Japan’s actions. I will not buy any Japanese products now,” a Chinese buyer said.

“This fair is for Taiwan products ... there should not be anything Japanese here,” the buyer said as she examined the Japanese characters on the bottom of a cooking pan.

The staff at the Taiwanese stall had to explain that the product carried instructions in Japanese because it was also exported to Japan.

Japan’s purchase of three of the disputed Diaoyutai Islands (釣魚台) in the South China Sea has prompted violent anti-Japan rallies and vandalism in China.

The fair was open only to wholesale buyers yesterday but retail consumers are to be admitted from Sept. 21 to Sept. 23.

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