By Zhang Yuke
BEIJING, Aug.31 (Xinhuanet) -- Recently, Japan has been stirring up troubles to ferment the issue of the Diaoyu Islands while the Chinese people have also organized demonstrations related to the matter in many places. Therefore, Japan must take the emotion of the Chinese people seriously.
Judging from these prominent incidents involving Japan in recent years, China has diversified means and channels of expressing the emotions, including the sincerity, restraint and firm stand of Chinese Government which hopes to resolve the issue through dialogues and negotiations and the voice and direct action of Chinese people who express their attitude and feelings spontaneously.
These diversified means of expression have the same aim, namely resolutely rejecting Japan for confusing the public on the historical issues and safeguarding China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Based on respecting for the spontaneous patriotic emotion among the people, China has been calling on and guiding them to express their patriotic fervor legally and rationally and opposes any illegal and extreme behaviors.
The folk emotional expression of China does not mean that Chinese people are unruly and combative. The Japanese authority must bear the inescapable responsibility on the intensified Diaoyu Islands issue.
Since 2012, Japan has been getting up to little tricks, including inspecting its Maritime Safety Agency and "nationalizing" and "purchasing" the Diaoyu Islands, to challenge the bottom line of China and stimulate the feelings of Chinese people. Therefore, Japanese authority should realize the problem behind the anger of Chinese people.
Japan should immediately stop the actions undermining China's territory and sovereignty and return to the right track of resolving problems through dialogues and consultations to maintain the overall situation of China-Japan relations.
Chinese people should also take into consideration the overall situation and return to rational emotional expression, turning their strong patriotic fervor into normal actions of strengthening their country. Defending the Diaoyu Islands needs mutual understanding, trust and joint efforts of both the government and the people.
(Source: People's Daily Online )