Much has been written about the boat collision that took place in the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. A few days ago, a friend of mine ran across this message, posted as a status update to the Xiaonei (China’s Facebook) profile of another friend. This kind of thinking on the incident is probably one reason the turnout at the 9/18 protest was so abysmal:
A boat captain was locked up by Japan’s Justice department and everyone across the country started worrying about him. But I wasn’t concerned that he would meet with any inhuman treatment, because Japan is a country with the rule of law. But every day in Beijing, there are hundreds of our countrymen locked in Anyuanding’s black jails. They’re beaten and abused by corrupt police officers, given food to eat that’s not fit for dogs or pigs, and sleep at night without even blankets to cover themselves. Men and women are mixed together, denied respect and human rights. Being a prisoner in Japan is better than being a Chinese citizen.
The guy who wrote this — I’m being intentionally vague to protect his identity — is not a “dissident”, and has in fact been repeatedly described by our mutual friend as a fenqing. Maybe the time these guys are spending online talking about China has led them in a few directions they weren’t expected…
(Another interesting reflection on the incident can be found here.)