Does “Egging” an Embassy Violate VCDR Article 22?

by Julian Ku

While U.S. embassies around the Middle East continue to face angry mobs, the Japanese Embassy in Beijing also faced its own angry (but less violent) mob today.  As China blogger Sinostand reports, hundreds of Chinese citizens threw eggs and rocks at the Japanese Embassy in protest at Japan’s actions to nationalize the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.  As you can see below, the Japanese Embassy will have some egg stains to clean up, but it looks like that (unlike, say, the Egyptian government), the Chinese government is at least trying to protect the mission.  I’m sure the Chinese government is benefiting from the surge in anti-Japanese nationalism, but they are at least still trying to control it.

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