Chinese Search Giant Baidu Declares Disputed Islands Chinese Property

Baidu, the China-owned search giant, has apparently decided to capitalise on anti-Japanese nationalism currently in the air in China.

The current “doodle” on the site shows an island with a prominent Chinese flag on it. We think we’re safe in assuming the island must be a representation of the islands at the centre of a centuries-old territorial dispute between China and Japan that has recently ignited anti-Japanese violence in China.

Here’s a screenshot:

Baidu Islands Screenshot

UPDATE: Shanghaiist notes that Baidu’s Japanese service, baidu.jp, mysteriously is not featuring the doodle.

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