Scuffles break out at China World War Two ceremony
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 - 01:07
Protesters clash with police in Hong Kong as China comemorates its victory in World War Two amid renewed tensions with Tokyo. Natalie Thomas reports.
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Activists clash with Hong Kong police outside a ceremony to mark China's victory over Japan in World War Two.
They are protesting against Hong Kong's Chief Executive's decision to ban them from travelling to a chain of disputed Islands jointly claimed by Japan and China in the East China sea.
(SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) CHAIRPERSON OF THE ACTION COMMITTEE FOR DEFENDING THE DIAOYU ISLANDS, LO CHAU, SAYING:
"We come here to protest against him (chief executive Leung Chun-ying) because he suppresses our movement to protect the Diaoyu Islands, because he is not qualified to remember them (those who died during the Japanese invasion) and by doing so, he is insulting those who died (during the Japanese invasion)."
The disputed island chain is just one area of friction between the two countries, 69 years after the war ended.
In Beijing, China's top leaders gathered for a military parade.
This is the first time this date has been officially commemorated as the end of the war.
Along with territorial disputes, relations have been frayed over what Beijing sees as Japan's denial of wartime atrocities, and mutual distrust over defence policies.
Though on Thursday Tokyo called on its neighbour to look forward not back and try to build a co-operative relationship.
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