Kuala Lumpur (The Star/ANN) - A group of Chinese nationals gathered outside the Japanese embassy in Kuala Lumpur yesterday to protest against Japan's presence around some disputed islands in the East China Sea.
Known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, the islands are uninhabited but situated in rich fishing waters and is said to sit atop valuable natural resources.
The group came with a huge banner calling for Japan to leave the islands and mini national flags of China. The peaceful gathering was over in less than 10 minutes.
Group spokesman Huang Bin said Japan's continued presence around the islands would affect the relationship between both nations.
"We are gathered here peacefully to show our dissatisfaction over Japanese presence on the islands," he said after handing over a memorandum to a representative from the embassy yesterday.
He hoped Japan would heed the calls of all Chinese worldwide to give up their claims on the resource-rich islands.
The archipelago is currently administered by Japan but China and Taiwan had claimed ownership of it.