Postcards From A Furious China

Tyler Durden's picture

Over the past 48 hours we have written much, describing the perfectly expected surge in nationalist fervor and anti-Japanese sentiment, as the Senkaku Islands Snafu hits its boiling point - a Japan whose GDP is now declining in real terms, whose economy has been crippled by years of deflation, whose infrastructure is impaired due to anti-nuclear power sentiment, and one which generally can not afford an all out diplomatic, political and economic conflict with China, and may thus ask itself: why escalate and just who prompted it do so now? A Japan whose economic status is best summarized with the following chart:

Instead we'll let the pictures do the talking.

From brightonatreddit

Demonstrations in Changsha, Hunan

A store display in Nanjing bears the sign THE DIAOYU ISLANDS BELONG TO CHINA!.

A banner on a store called pattad reads: "pattad firmly defends China's right to the Diaoyu Islands. / We will give a 15% discount to customers who yell THE DIAOYU ISLANDS BELONG TO CHINA! in the store / We will give a 20% discount to customers who yell JAPAN ALSO BELONGS TO CHINA!"

Demonstrations in China

Chinese protestors congregate outside the Japanese embassy in Beijing.

At an auto show, a Chinese brand car is draped in a PRC flag that reads PATRIOTIC SPENDING / BUY CHINESE GOODS.

Chinese flags outside a sushi restaurant.

A sushi restaurant in Suzhou is demolished by protestors.

Rioters in Qingdao demolish shops.


Rioters smash cars, burn buildings

Rioters smash cars, burn buildings


Protestors rally outside a Heiwado shop in Changsha, Hunan.


A pig wears a headband that resembles the Japanese flag

Rioters loot a Rolex store

Demonstrations in this location turn violent

A hair salon named "Korean-style Haircuts" hangs a banner that says JAPANESE AND DOGS NOT ALLOWED INSIDE


Demonstrators flanked by policemen

Protestors in Chaoshan hold up a sign that says GET OUT OF THE DIAOYU ISLANDS, JAPANESE DOGS

Japanese brand cars are overturned by rioters

A woman tries to stop rioters from demolishing her Japanese brand car

An unidentified building is set on fire

The sign in the foreground reads DEFEND DIAOYU ISLANDS TILL OUR DEATHS and FUCK JAPAN

A private company has rented a bus to drive around town bearing the messages THE DIAOYU ISLANDS BELONG TO CHINA and GET THE FUCK OUT OF DIAOYU, JAPAN

A woman discovers her Japanese brand car has been demolished

A display outside a Uniqlo shop

A Honda owner drove his car to the nearest Honda dealership and set it on fire; banners in the back read DEFEAT THE JAPANESE DEMONS

A Toyota dealership in Shanghai is set on fire

Demonstrators in Chongqing

Demonstrators in Nanjing


Demonstrations in Yunnan
And since there is still confusion over what all the hoopla is about, here is a map:
areas disputed in China, Japan, and Koreas
h/t John Aziz

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Ray1968's picture

Queue up the honking black swan. Who thought this was coming??

ArrestBobRubin's picture

"Dustification" Yeah boy.

And that's just referring to the USD :-)

Michael's picture

I don't want to see this super cool fucking thing get blown up in another stupid fucking war.

Those stupid fuckers better work it out peacefully.

Touring the Three Gorges Dam

Ray1968's picture

Way to threadjack on a completely irrelevant topic.

Michael's picture

It's a foreign policy statement.

And you were the first comment on it.

nmewn's picture

Good point, Hitlery was in China just last week...I'm thinkin they better check for nano-thermite around there.

What??? ;-)

Surly Bear's picture

My mechanic says Japanese cars are the best...I guess this is one way to get them off the road.

Oh, and spare me your 'Buy American' bullshit.

Manthong's picture

But just think of all the wear and tear saved on all of those Red Army uniforms hanging in closets.

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

The commies are just distracting the sheeple from the ugly reality of the Chinese collapse.

flacon's picture

Economic stimulation through creative destruction? 

THX 1178's picture

Schumpeter would be proud.

Rincewind's picture

Well played China! Now the US would be a bit stretched, if it had to fight in the Persion Gulf, while defending Japan. I'd say the reason for this posturing in China is to prevent the Iranian war Israel is screaming for.

What makes me really sad and angry, is all the sheeple out there being played by a few and demonstrating about a few rocks that could not mean shit to any one of them.

Precious's picture

Sumbody fergot to tell the Huns that them Rolex aint made in Jipan.

Simon Endean's picture

From the article: "Battleships, aircraft carriers, minesweepers and submarines from 25 nations are converging on the strategically important Strait of Hormuz in an unprecedented show of force as Israel and Iran move towards the brink of war. "

Wow, that reporter was wrong from the first word.  No nation has battleships in service any more.  The US was the last that did, and we decommissioned ours a while back.  Good to see that The Telegraph has experts covering critical stories.

I guess he was looking for the word "warships" based on his later quote:  "The carriers are supported by at least 12 battleships, including ballistic missile cruisers, frigates, destroyers and assault ships carrying thousand of US Marines and special forces."

DanDaley's picture

...a few rocks that coud not mean shit to any one of them.


The Chinese and Japanese both play the board game GO, and just like in that game, a small tactical move can have dramatic strategic consequences.  

Element's picture

Unfortunately the Han are more reactive and aggressive than Israelis and Arabs combined. We are going to have an interesting few decades here. This burning desire to lay shit on Japan without a thought for the consequences could easily lead to a nuclear-armed Japan.

But from a geographical perspective I don't see how these islands are a part of Japan's Southern Island Chain.  China seems to have the more natural geographical claim to these rocks.  But any aggressive move by China then plays into the desire of a range of Asian countries to have the US deter the use of the PLAN to back Beijing's claims on territories, where it's easily more questionable that China has any place making such claims.

If the US did intervene many Asian states would feel compelled to support US naval action.  And SM3 equipped destroyers (US and Japan have them) are quite capable of defending themselves against anti-ship ballistic missiles BTW.  If it actually came to a fight the aim would be to annihilate the entire Chinese regional expeditionary capability.

Beijing got very pushy like this in late 2008 and 2009.  They tried to under-cut Japan and Korea's export competitiveness, first by trying to buy miners, and also by demanding that Australia sell China iron ore at much lower prices than Japan and Korea were contracted to get in 2009-2010.  

Like that was ever going to happen.  But Rio's Stern Hu was framed for saying no too many times, and is still in a Chinese prison because of it.  Beijing wanted to impair the recoveries of their major export competition in Asia.  That's all it was about.  Trade-war basically.  And Beijing was literally DEMANDING Australia do that ... or else.   

It was incredible, Beijing actually thought Canberra set the prices, but KRud turned around and said to them that in a real market-economy the producer sets the price, so you negotiate with them--period.

These idiots in Beijing literally didn't understand that this is how it works - which was mind-blowing for everyone to realise how unbelievably ignorant and arrogant Beijing was!  

They still didn't get it and imprisoned Stern Hu, so Rio and BHP abandoned contract pricing with China and refused to sell to them at anything but a floating market price, whilst Japan and Korea kept getting the rest of their 2009-2010 contracts at a much lower fixed price!

Unbelievable stupidity!

So Beijing paid way more for iron than Japan and Korea.  lol  But Stern Hu remains in a Chinese prison.

So Beijing will again be looking for ways to screw everyone again and get an economic jump start on Japan and Korea with similar domineering games and demands, or worse.  And without a doubt, the will have calculated a major supplier like Australia can only resist Beijing's demands for as long as the US has strong military presence.  So they are real grumpy the US is moving more of its forces into Asia and basing in Northern Australia.

Hence the recent moves on Sept 6th to undercut the petro-dollar.

It seems to me the proper response to Beijing's demands and arrogance is to say no, and don't give them ANYTHING they want, because once you do, they are arrogant enough to think they can demand anything.

Half_A_Billion_Hollow_Points's picture

You're a good propaganda machine.  But one nuke from China/Russia with love and the whole 9th fleet is barbeque.  


Listen to Ron Paul and GTFO out of this.  Also, tell Japan to take it's economic collapse by itself.  Ponzi's run its course.  


Sad but true.

Anusocracy's picture

Japan is a complete toady of the US. Their Prime Minister doesn't even wipe his ass without US approval.

I think this may be a China-US trade-off. US attacks Iran and China stays mum, and China invades the Senkaku Islands and the US and Japan grumble and do nothing.

The Elites DO NOT want a World War. Their losses would be a million times greater than yours.

Half_A_Billion_Hollow_Points's picture

you're a dreamer.  China needs that oil.  If there's war on Iran, China and Japan will go to war.  Now who would win that one?

boogerbently's picture


What really makes me sad and angry is that the violent sheeple think it has anything to do with these "islands" in question. They have been lied to by their media, to respond a certain way......hey, wait a minute.

Look at the "rioters" in Greece, Middle East, Asia.....all out of work 20 somethings.

All this religious, territorial, social based violence is actually a response (planned or not) to the global financial situation.

Overfed's picture

The Chinese have learned well from the West. When yer economy is in the shitter, start a war, and make it someone else's fault!

DanDaley's picture

Also reminiscent of Argentina in the Falklands.

prole's picture

true, but China, unlike Argentina, can bring it.

mr_T's picture

Rare earths biachezzz....

Japan needs China...

Not good for Japan or electronics...

old naughty's picture

"Economic stimulation through creative destruction?"

Or, empty on economic stimulation so employ old "stir up sentiments" to direct attention away from domestic scene.

"We still need the nukes, after all !!!"

Nothing creative about that.

Peter Pan's picture

Bastiat's broken window theory is certainly getting a good run judging from the photos.

BigInJapan's picture

It's indicative of the level of commie infiltration that you got two downvotes for that.

The administrations on both sides of this conflict, remember, are "Socialists".

Read however you want into it but the Noda administration in Japan is on its last legs and the right wing nutbags coming behind it will only make this worse.

We tend to be distracted by the violent nature of Chinese outbursts but the Japanese government is playing the same game here - they're just trying not to look like bad guys in the eyes of the Western media. Once say, Chibi Ishihara gets into power, all bets are off.

Both countries have infrastructure-spent and debt-financed their ways to ruin. Which one falls first, is anyone's guess. My bet is on China as they have a long history of uprisings. The Japanese, well, the Japanese tend not to rise up against anything Japanese - they just tweet and blog a lot.

Japan will use this as a pretext to rejig their constitution, allowing for expiditionary military deployments. They'll throw in a bunch of other rights stripping measures with that, you can bet. No socialist/commie government worth its salt wouldn't. Once, that's done, China and Japan will get all friendly, you can bet, because this is not really what it seems. It could just be step one in the new East Asia Coprosperity Sphere and the coming united Asian currency. Eyes on the money, boys.


Overfed's picture

Japanese technological sophistication combined with Chinese numbers could be very formidible.

Time for a preemptive strike. /s

Whats that smell's picture

Yes and it seems to be working. Kinda like GWB vs those Iraqi's that did 9/11

rich_wicks's picture

"The commies are just distracting the sheeple from the ugly reality of the Chinese collapse."

What?  By going to war with Iraq over weapons of mass destruction, going to war in Afghanistan, starting a "humanitarian" war in Libya, claiming that Russia attacked Georgia when Ossetia asked for their help, by not prosecuting any of their financial criminals?

Oh wait, silly me, that's the United States, or what's left of it doing that.

Physician, heal thyself.

WeAreJellyfish's picture

Fuk yes. They are on another tear in housing with 50% of all sales paid in full and the majority of lenders putting up 30% on a down payment.

Shit - thank God that won't happen here - it would ruin everything now that Japan and Greece are the only two who beat our debt to GDP ratio.

Buy that man.

WeAreJellyfish's picture

Fuk yes. They are on another tear in housing with 50% of all sales paid in full and the majority of lenders putting up 30% on a down payment.

Shit - thank God that won't happen here - it would ruin everything now that Japan and Greece are the only two who beat our debt to GDP ratio.

Buy that man.

Ayn NY's picture

And the fact that their one child policy has led to a population imbalance of 110 men to every 100 women.

dbomb12's picture

All that destruction for some islands I cant even see on a map??? I guess since manufacturing is down they needed something else to do

Dr. Sandi's picture

The sad truth is that China has a huge excess of young men who have no jobs. War is always a great way to reduce this segment of the population while offering them jobs for a couple of years.

But of course, it's different this time.

CharlieSDT's picture

Not just no jobs, also no prospects of a wife, thanks to the 1 child policy.  What to do, what to do, with those men...?

kridkrid's picture

About 25 million between the ages of 18 and 32. Think about that for a minute. That's a big number.

kridkrid's picture

About 25 million between the ages of 18 and 32. Think about that for a minute. That's a big number.

kridkrid's picture

About 25 million between the ages of 18 and 32. Think about that for a minute. That's a big number.

Shitters_Full's picture

Sorry, wasn't paying attention.  Could you repeat that 3 more times?

AmCockerSpaniel's picture

We better start buying American, or start living and working like a Chinese. But then if one is not going to have kids, then it's all about one's self.

mkkby's picture

Buy American, BUT BOYCOTT bailed out govt motors, Chrysler and all Wall Steet banks.

Colombian Gringo's picture

First the middle east, now China. Is the world going mad?

THX 1178's picture

Big Occupy Wall St. Demonstration tomorrow. I think GETTING mad is more accurate.