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50 Years On: Taiwan Clouds Mood Ahead of Japan-China Anniv.

50 Years On: Taiwan Clouds Mood Ahead of Japan-China Anniv.

   Beijing, Sept. 22 (Jiji Press)--A festive mood is lacking among Chinese people ahead of next week's 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and China, clouded by tensions over Taiwan and lingering COVID-19 restrictions.
   Although various symposiums and other events have been held so far this year, a senior official of a group promoting friendly bilateral ties pointed to the lack of excitement surrounding the Sept. 29 anniversary.
   In 2012, which marked the 40th anniversary, many anti-Japanese protests were held in response to the Japanese government's nationalization of the Senkaku Islands in the southernmost prefecture of Okinawa, which are also claimed by China.
   The situation led to the cancellation of many commemorative events. The bilateral relationship was said to have sunk to its worst since the normalization.
   Later, the relationship improved gradually through mutual efforts such as the visits between the two nations' leaders.

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