Thousands of Chinese besieged the Japanese embassy in Beijing on Sept. 15, hurling rocks, eggs and bottles as protests broke out in other major cities in China amid growing tension between Asia’s two biggest economies over a group of disputed islands.
Paramilitary police with shields and batons barricaded the embassy, holding back and occasionally fighting with slogan-chanting, flag-waving protesters who at times appeared to be trying to storm the building.
“Return our islands! Japanese devils get out!” some shouted. One of them held up a sign reading ”For the respect of the motherland, we must go to war with Japan.”
Protester Liu Gang said,” We hate Japan. We’ve always hated Japan. Japan invaded China and killed a lot of Chinese. We will never forget.”
The long-standing territorial dispute escalated dramatically on Sept. 14 when China sent six surveillance ships to a group of uninhabited islets in the East China Sea, raising tensions between the two countries to its highest level since 2010.
Relations between the two countries, whose business and trade ties have blossomed in recent years, chilled in 2010, after Japan arrested a Chinese trawler captain whose boat collided with Japanese Coast Guard vessels near the islands.
1. besiege v.
圍攻 (wei2 gong1)
例: The troops besieged the fort.
2. break out v. phr.
爆發 (bao4 fa1)
例: He was 29 when war broke out.
3. storm v.
猛攻；襲擊 (meng3 gong1; xi2 ji2)
例: Government buildings have been stormed and looted.