Enduring animosity towards a second world war enemy is nothing new to the Brits, but I’ve always been struck by the intensity of Chinese hatred for Japan. The behaviour of the Chinese crowd at the last night’s Asia Cup Final between the two countries was a good example:
Any hopes that the Japanese anthem would be respectfully observed evaporated when the announcement of the team line-up was booed down to the last substitute.Japan went on to win 3-1 but were booed almost every time they had the ball and lifted the cup in a largely deserted Workers' Stadium in Beijing as the disappointed Chinese crowd left immediately after Japan’s third goal. A small number of Chinese fans rioted outside the stadium after the game, burning Japanese flags, shouting obscenities and singing patriotic songs.
The weirdest recent example of the poor state of Sino-Japanese relations was the “hotel orgy” incident in Guangdong last year, which resulted in the two Chinese organizers receiving life sentences for organizing a sex tour with hundreds of Japanese tourists and Chinese prostitutes.