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Japanese Rescue Chinese Cargo Ship Crew, Netizens Suspicious

The Chinese cargo ship is on fire in the sea area of Okinawa.

The Chinese cargo ship is on fire in the sea area of Okinawa.

From QQ:

Chinese Cargo Ship Catches Fire, 64 Crew Members Rescued by Japan Coast Guard

Xinhua.net, Tokyo October 21st report (Reporter Guo Yina). Officials of China’s embassy in Japan said on the 21st that a Chinese cargo ship on the night of the 20th caught on fire in the waters near Okinawa, with the ship’s 64 crew members already having been rescued. According to reports, as this Chinese ship was sailing in the waters near Okinawa, the rear of the ship caught fire. The headquarters of the Japan Coast Guard District 11 immediately launched a rescue after receiving the report. In the early morning of the 21st, all 64 crew members were rescued, with 3 of them having minor injuries. After China’s consulate general in Fukuoka received the report from the Japanese in the early hours of the 21st, it immediately started emergency response protocols, maintaining close communications with Japanese officials, and requested Japan’s full assistance in rescuing the wounded. At present, China’s consulate general is actively coordinating with Japanese officials to send all crew members back as soon as possible. Photo [above] is of the Chinese cargo ship on fire in the seas around Okinawa.

Location of the incident.

The scene on TV reporting this news.

Television news report.

Photos that the Japan Coast Guard took when the Chinese cargo ship is on fire.

Photos that the Japan Coast Guard took when the Chinese cargo ship is on fire.

Photos that the Japan Coast Guard took when the Chinese cargo ship is on fire.

Photos taken by Japan’s Coast Guard of the Chinese cargo ship on fire.

Comments from QQ:

腾讯吉安市网友 高山流水:

Even in times of war there should be humanitarian aid. If it were China, China would also do the same.

腾讯网友 kevin:

Where did this cargo ship set out from and where was it going? Why did it sail through the waters off Okinawa, so close to the Diaoyu Islands [aka Senkaku Islands]? Why did it happen to catch on fire at that precise area? Why did the Japanese rescue team arrive so swiftly? Why was there also another report in today’s news: Chinese 1,500 People Tour Group Arrives in Japan to Warm Welcome? Could all of this be a coincidence? Or is it to suppress the ordinary common people’s anger over losing the Diaoyu Islands? If the islands are lost, then they’re lost, the people are not stupid.

腾讯网友 进享*自由:

What the hell? The upper levels of government are once again plotting and scheming, playing political tricks. Many years in the future, there will definitely be a secret document leaked that will explain the mystery here!!! You people [government officials] keep it up, nowadays the people are even smarter than Einstein!! And you still try to trick us!!! Fuck.

腾讯网友 {家豪}:

The media once again begins softening the people’s hatred toward Japan. I reckon the editor of this news is Japanese.

腾讯徐州市网友 Allen:

A cargo ship, 64 crew members? Usually a cargo ship’s crew members won’t exceed 30 people. Those below [to comment], please give a reasonable explanation.

腾讯网友 黄大叔:

Just a political trick, to slowly soften China’s anti-Japanese sentiments.

腾讯网友 Kevin Shen:

I’d rather jump into the sea and drown than be saved by Japanese people.

腾讯网友 秋末时光╮丢: (responding to above)

Are you a 2B? No need to further explain.

腾讯网友 哎丫:

Manufacturing fake news, to ease tensions?

腾讯东莞市网友 裁缝加木匠:

I’d rather burn to death than be saved by Japanese people.

腾讯网友 雨前春: (responding to above)

What a pity you weren’t on that ship!

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凤凰网福建省南平市网友 luyechuanhu:

I trust that if the same thing happens to a Japanese ship in China, we too would rescue them. Even though Diaoyu Island tensions are high… it’s necessary humanitarianism.

凤凰网山东省济南市网友 手机用户:

It’s because of international practice/convention, not because they are so noble. And, may the traitors who traveled to Japan get lost during the trip and all die.

凤凰网辽宁省大连市网友 zhangqichenga:

If a Japanese ship in Chinese waters were to be in distress, China would also lend a hand, this is international common practice.

凤凰网上海市网友 laoniu军旗:

People should learn to be grateful, there are many Chinese people who would not save our own compatriots.

凤凰网浙江省网友 billcg:

Thanks, Japan!

凤凰网四川省乐山市网友 天地人谐:

If it was China’s patriots, they’d definitely add insult to injury.

凤凰网安徽省巢湖市网友 y166:

Bridges are bridges, paths are paths. Protests are protests, what should be thanked should be thanked.

凤凰网上海市普陀区网友 schumann:

Thanks to the Japanese people! Despise the Japanese right-wing politicians!

凤凰网河南省郑州市网友 兜里都是糖:

Thanks to our Japanese friends’ chivalrous act!

凤凰网湖北省黄石市网友 叶亦云:

What’s right is right, what’s wrong is wrong. In this matter, Japanese people did the right thing, and what we should be thankful for we should be thankful. Otherwise we’ll leave a bad impression upon the people of the world.

凤凰网云南省网友 恩阿子:

It should be that the inhabitants of the the Ryukyu Kingdom rescued the Chinese cargo ship, and not the Japanese people. Ryukyu was originally a tributary state of China, and was merged into Okinawa after Japan invaded and took it over.

凤凰网江苏省南京市网友 yanxuhui1:

It was the Japanese who intentionally started the fire and then pretended to rescue them. It’s a dirty trick the Japanese often use, staged for the kind-hearted people of the world to see. Shameless Japanese!

凤凰网湖南省网友 海盗船长yz:

What kind of ship is this that it has 64 crew members?

凤凰网沙特阿拉伯网友 蒋佳:

Okay, Japan can still be considered to have humanity. I hope the dispute doesn’t affect our exchanges in other areas.

What do you think? Is it what it appears to be or is it something suspicious? Are some people’s suspicions justified?

Written by Peter Barefoot

Peter is a born and raised Chengdunese who enjoys drinking with all his friends.

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