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Chinese security personnel try to stop a Chinese man as he prepares to burn the Japanese national flag outside the Japanese embassy in Beijing on Tuesday.

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Good on the personnel. I hope they got this guy in time and gave him a good slap to wake him up.

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i can only LOL and think of funny captions! :(

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Just pathetic and sad. I bet riots will follow soon

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Funny caption contest begins....

"No no no, that's not how you hold the flag before burning it, spread it out more!"

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If you've ever been to China you know how freaked out they are about flag burning - and building burning. Seems the riots and protesters have gotten a little too big for their britches and the Chinese government has finally decided to tame them. About time.

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Although I know they want to make a statement that they dislike this whole island affair, flag burning is not the way to go.

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Ok.... China likes to burn flags.... South korea likes to pour national bird's blood on flags.... and Japan likes to draw silly thing on flags. These three countries just love flags.

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Thing is, once the "people" start to feel confident about having demonstrations, (well riots) about the soft target Japanese, it is only a thin line to cross before they start rioting about property prices, corruption, the price of oil etc etc.

Online co-ordinated demontrations against the state. That is the governemetns real fear. Best they clamp down now.

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OK Funny caption contribution.

"The crowd roars "Ola" as the inaugural chinese national imitation bull fighting compeition gets underway."

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Stupid fool. This bloke looks borderline mentally deranged. Does it strike anyone else that all these nationalists - the Chinese, Japanese, Koreans and Taiwanese - seem to be drawn from the ugliest dregs of society? Not a handsome mob - that's for sure and certain.

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Funny caption competition:-

The Chinese 'running of the state police' festival gets underway with a neat sidestep away from a charging policeman. With a slight difference to bull festivals, the state police are engaged into charges whenever a hinomaru is flashed at them.

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I love the action pose of the cop! Awesome!

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Champion state police fighting matador El Diaoyu makes another classy sidestep....

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I wonder if there's a video of this somewhere. Someone should set the music to the Door's Light my Fire.

But agree... good job from these alert C-cops and a cool action pose to boot.

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Ya don't mess with Chinese police!

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If you've ever been to China you know how freaked out they are about flag burning - and building burning. Seems the riots and protesters have gotten a little too big for their britches and the Chinese government has finally decided to tame them. About time.

You really think so? The state controlled media there is behind all the information pouring into the country about the Senkaku issue and the state controlled media could also just as easily NOT put any information out there about what's going on. The state also controls Google too iirc, so they could stop information on the internet as well.

I think, my opinion only here, that the police, and whomever else "stopped" this guy set the whole damn thing up in the first place and staged the protests as well.

In the end they probably took this guy back to the police station and had a few beers with him and told him how to do it better next time!

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As much as the State Controlled Media is in control and behind many demonstrations in China.... at some point it could take on a life of its own. China could be heading for a "hard landing" economically.... possibly millions of Chinese with little to do other than brood over this issue. Hopefully "cooler heads" will prevail.

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That guy should kick both of those cops in the nuts because "Patriotism is not a crime". And when arrested and charged he should be considered a Hero, because "Patriotism is not a crime".

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Basic human rights in china? Nope. Freedom of speech? Nope. Freedom to procreate? Nope. forced abortions? Yep. Highest cancer rate in the world? Yep. Highest birth defect rate in the world yep? More people in poverty than the entire population of the USA? Yep. Some of the strictest censorship in the world? Yep

And what do Chinese people waste their time protesting? Burning a Japanese flag Because of tiny rock in the middle of the ocean these protestors probably couldn't even begin to point out the general location on a map.

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Amazing how someone just happened to have a camera ready, isn't it?

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hating another nation is not patriotism, just be patriot for humanity and peace

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A burnt flag is better than spilled blood.

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BertieWoosterSep. 11, 2012 - 10:13PM JST Amazing how someone just happened to have a camera ready, isn't it?

That's AP photo. Are you suggesting ... OMG! :))

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nice pink pants, a style guru

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That guy should kick both of those cops in the nuts because "Patriotism is not a crime". And when arrested and charged he should be considered a Hero, because "Patriotism is not a crime".

Yeah but burning/ defacing another country's national flag in public is. Patriotism means supporting your home nation. Not disrespecting someone elses.

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Konsta-san,

That's AP photo. Are you suggesting ... OMG! :))

Heaven forbid!

No, no, no!

Nothing could have been further from my thoughts!

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A lot of people are missing the main point here. These islands have been owned by the Japanese since 1895. 1895! Therefore these comments from the Chinese should be viewed as threats against another sovereign territory, something for which they are famous for. Anyone remember Vietnam? Chinese-backed civil war. The Korean war? Again, Chinese-backed civil war. Tibet? The list goes on. After a 1968 study discovered the potential for oil reserves, both China and Taiwan (shame on the Taiwanese) declared ownership! If I were the Japanese I would base some navy destroyers by those islands and stop pussyfooting around.

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TigersTokyoDomeSep. 11, 2012 - 11:56PM JST "That guy should kick both of those cops in the nuts because "Patriotism is not a crime". And when arrested and charged he should be considered a Hero, because "Patriotism is not a crime".

Yeah but burning/ defacing another country's national flag in public is. Patriotism means supporting your home >nation. Not disrespecting someone elses.

In Japan burning a foreign flag is an actual offense- it is a crime. But not in China. And even if it were, the government is too scared of the rabid masses to prosecute them for it.

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Japanese men and women stomp on "Korean flag".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9S6dYkE7oY&feature=player_embedded

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I don't blame some of these naive protesters because if you look at any Chinese media, they only present the news that is favorable to China. Chinese goverment must be very insecure. These naive protesters only know one side of the propanganda story. The news is similar to what Japan fed their citizens daily in the 30's. Sooner or later, it will be out of control for the Chinese goverment. I guess China's 25 percent of the total bilateral trade with Japan is meaningless to them.

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Passions run high when nationalists sentiments are instilled into sensitive people. The state should promote tolerance. The way to fight a war against Japan is not with violence. It is with love, by boycotting its products, services, exchanges, manga, silly AKB48, etc. If it makes a difference and they feel a difference in their revenues, they will realize that their customers are not happy, and will have to do anything to satisfy them. After all, the customer is always right. Right, Ms. Rosa Parks? An export driven economy is vulnerable too.

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I just dont see what all the flag burning is about. I would not waste my money, for a flag of the nation I'm angry at, the fuel, with the cost of gas soaring, and a lighter. No Way! Just let it go...

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Ossan: "In Japan burning a foreign flag is an actual offense- it is a crime. But not in China. And even if it were, the government is too scared of the rabid masses to prosecute them for it."

Utter BS. How many right-wingers did the police arrest when they desecrated the Russian flag in front of the Russian embassy the last time the Kurile island issue flared up? NONE. But I forgot that you conveniently forget your hypocrisy on such issues when it suits you.

In any case, what is the security doing here? STOPPING the man from burning the flag. Instead of sticking to your subjective reasoning on the island issues you might want to say kudos to the man/men that stopped this guy.

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T-Mack: "I just dont see what all the flag burning is about."

It's pretty easy to understand the motivation of people who do it -- they want to offend and create anger in the nation of the flag they are burning. What I don't see is why people bother taking offense. If some yahoos in any nation started burning the Canadian flag and dancing around like I should be upset I would simply laugh at them -- they're not hurting me, my nation, or anything that my nation represents by burning a piece of fabric likely made in China anyway.

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chucky: "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9S6dYkE7oY&feature=player_embedded"

Bb-b-b-b-b-b-ut Ossan denies this ever happens!

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Ha, ha, ha - look him go! (But seriously, what happened to the great pole dancing photo?)

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