HOUSTON, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Overseas Chinese in the U.S. city of Houston on Tuesday presented a written protest over the Diaoyu Islands to the Japanese Consulate General in the city, condemning the Japanese government's provocations over the islands.
The Japanese government last week formally signed a contract to "purchase" part of China's Diaoyu Islands, triggering widespread anti-Japanese protests in China and abroad.
About 500 overseas Chinese rallied in front of the Japanese Consulate General in Houston downtown, joining their compatriots across China in marking the 81st anniversary of the "Sept.18" incident, which marked the beginning of the Japanese occupation of Northeast China.
They recalled bitter memories of Japan's invasion of China decades ago and condemning the country's recent provocative move over the Diaoyu Islands and demanding Tokyo stop further provocation and territorial intrusion.
The protestors marched around the Japanese Consulate General building, singing songs composed during the China-Japan war and shouting slogans like "Diaoyu Islands Belong to China", "Remember Pearl Harbor, Stop Japanese Aggression."
An airplane circled above downtown Houston with a banner reading "Japanese Adventurism = US Trouble".
The protest letter, presented by the Houston Diaoyu Islands Coalition to the Japanese Consulate General, was read at the gathering.
"We wish to remind the Japanese government that it was declared in the Cairo Communique of December 1, 1943, that 'Japan shall be stripped off all islands in the Pacific which she has seized or occupied since the beginning of the First World War in 1914, and that all territories Japan has stolen from the Chinese shall be restored to China," the letter said.
The letter pointed out that "numerous documents, dated as early as 1403, recorded the Diaoyu Islands as part of China."
"On the eve of the 67th anniversary of the unconditional surrender of Japan at the end of World War II, the Japanese actions regarding the Diaoyu Islands fully expose Japan's aggressive ambitions and expansionist agenda and, once again, it reminds the world of Japan's militarism and imperialistic expansion that led to its invasion of Asia and the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941," the letter said.
"We strongly protest against these provocations by Japanese right wing politicians. Japan's occupation of the Chinese Diaoyu Islands lack all legal basis," it said.
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