SCMP: Man Arrested for Attack on Diplomat’s CarPosted: August 30, 2012
SCMP’s Teddy Ng reports from Beijing: “Police accuse suspect of ripping Japanese flag from ambassador’s vehicle in Beijing, as sides seek to ease tensions over territorial dispute
“A man suspected of ripping a Japanese flag from a car carrying Japanese ambassador Uichiro Niwa was arrested by Beijing police yesterday, as both countries sought to ease tensions over the disputed Diaoyu Islands, known as the Senkakus in Japan.
“The arrest came as Japan’s senior vice-minister of foreign affairs, Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi, was in Beijing to arrange meetings with his Chinese counterparts.
“The Public Security Bureau in Beijing informally confirmed the arrest and detention of the suspect in a private message to Japanese embassy staff, the Asahi Shimbun reported yesterday, citing diplomatic sources.
“The report said Monday’s incident remained under investigation.
“A spokesman for the embassy said it had not received any formal notification about the arrest from Beijing authorities.”