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Anti-Japan sentiment in China may benefit Taiwan products: exhibitors

2012/09/20 16:55:38

Nanjing, Sept. 20 (CNA) The current anti-Japanese sentiment in China, resulting from a territorial dispute, could be a boon for Taiwan-made products, Taiwanese business representatives at a trade fair in Nanjing said Thursday.

While it is still too soon to determine the extent to which the mood in China may benefit Taiwanese businesses, the timing of the trade fair is ideal for promoting Taiwan-made items, some of the businesses said.

Their assessment was based partly on the comments of some buyers at the fair.

"I'm really angry at Japan's actions. I will not buy any Japanese products now," a Chinese buyer, surnamed Xu, told CNA.

"This fair is for Taiwan products...there should not be anything Japanese here," said Xu as she examined the Japanese characters on the bottom of a cooking pan.

The staff at the Taiwanese cookware stall had to explain that the product carried instructions in Japanese because it was also being exported to Japan.

Japan's purchase of three of the disputed Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea has prompted violent anti-Japan rallies and vandalism in China. Some protesters have ransacked Japanese stores and destroyed Japanese products on the streets. The islands have been under Japan's control since 1945 but are also claimed by China and Taiwan.

The fair was open only to wholesale buyers on Thursday but retail consumers will be admitted Sept. 21-23.

(By Cheng Chung-sheng and Jamie Wang)
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