Billboard claims disputed islands
Mon, 29 Oct 2012 6:20p.m.
By 3 News online staff
A group of Chinese businesses have funded a billboard proclaiming China owns a disputed chain of islands in the East China Sea.
The advert is in Auckland’s high-end suburb of Newmarket. One of the Chinese behind the billboard told 3 News it was to encourage debate and educate people about the islands.
But Japan also claims the islands, and the Japanese people 3 News spoke to accuse the Chinese of misinformation.
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31/10/2012 12:53:13 a.m.
@ Jim Seaview: It is funny you did not address your comment regarding they cannot put up billboards in China, which in itself was an ignorant comment about the situation. And if you indeed believe in free speech, you should have no problem with people putting up bill boards of any nature. "Meaningless" it maybe to you, but it is about time you realize NZ is becoming an international country, with a multitude of nationalities living among us. And if these immigrants decide to put up a meaningful billboard, even if for the sole purpose of venting, then we should give them that freedom.
30/10/2012 8:57:05 a.m.
Jim Seaview wrote:
@ TIM WROTE:: actually Jim, the China as a whole (including its government) is claiming the right the the islands. So this is not a protest against China's government. And when are we, as New Zealanders, are going stop thinking nothing has to do with us? Why do you think the U.S. presidential election is being reported in our news? If you think that is not your problem, you are indeed very ignorant."
TIM, comparing the Chinese billboard about a dispute of ownership with Japan over some islands and the news reporting of the US Presidential elections is unbelievable. The Chinese dispute is with the Japanese and why they think that they have to educate New Zealanders about their dispute is also unbelievable. China & Japan are big boys and will eventually sort things out about these Isalands.
I am very interested in the USA election as I am a pro OBAMA fan, and thankfully both the Republicans and the Democrat Parties have had the grace to not have put up meaningless, visually polluting Billboards In NZ announcing their differences. Whatever the outcome is in the USA I can accept as I believe in Democracy and Free speech.
30/10/2012 1:38:07 a.m.
@ Jim Seaview: actually Jim, the China as a whole (including its government) is claiming the right the the islands. So this is not a protest against China's government. And when are we, as New Zealanders, are going stop thinking nothing has to do with us? Why do you think the U.S. presidential election is being reported in our news? If you think that is not your problem, you are indeed very ignorant.
29/10/2012 11:16:08 p.m.
The Chinese group of Businees men know that they can put up protest signs in New Zealand because we are a democratic country that beleves in the right of free speech without any retribution. We know what happens to protestors in China. Quite frankly I couldnt care less about the disputed chain of islands, it is not our problem but suggest they put their sign in Japan and try to educate the Japanese if they think it is so important.
29/10/2012 10:20:55 p.m.
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