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Japanese envoy’s car targeted in China amid protests

August 28, 2012

BEIJING: The car carrying Japan’s ambassador to China was targeted in Beijing on Monday by a man who ripped off the vehicle’s national flag, prompting a protest by Tokyo, Japanese officials said.

The incident followed widespread anti-Japan demonstrations in China over a disputed East China Sea island chain known in China as Diaoyu and in Japan as Senkaku.

The ambassador, Uichiro Niwa, was in the vehicle at the time but was not hurt in the incident, said a Japanese foreign ministry official in Tokyo.

An official at the Japanese embassy said the Japanese flag, which identifies the ambassador's car, was taken away by the man but the vehicle was not damaged in the afternoon incident.

“At least two cars let the ambassador's car stop on the road and a Chinese man took the national flag,” he said.—AFP