Chinasought to repair its ties with Japan in the easiest and most quiet mattersthrough different manners like Internet surveillance until there was a mutualagreement between the two countries. The demonstrations continued on and offduring that period with both governments trying to restrain the situation asmuch as possible like in 2008 where common ground was found but the protestsdid not end rather got bigger. The 2010 trawler collision made the protestsmultiply with China trying to repress the protests from hitting social mediawith much effort.
Social media was becoming popular and much irrational publicopinion found its way into the China territory raising questions on whetherChina was to handle its own issues effectively. The trawler was detained inJapan where the Japanese completely refused any delegation talks that wouldlead to a coalition with China. They argued that the trawler had crossed a U.S-Japan controlled territory and this meant that this case would be solved usingJapanese laws and not through coalition.
This saw China retaliate for some timefrom delegations and talks with Japan on how to end the protests before a newadministration took over and picked up the coalition process again. Strong tiesbegan to develop under DPJ’s Ozawa who in 2009, was able to welcomed more than150 Japanese legislatures and businessmen to China in a strategy forstrengthening the two countries’ bond. Two years later, after great stalling,the gas field agreement was up for discussion while the prime ministers of bothlands agreeing to set up a hotline between their leaderships. China’s actionsat this particular time indicated peace but at the same time it tightened upits security including increased patrols, arrested some Japanese employees andsought interests in other lands. This made Japan retaliate due to China’s actionsleaving very little room for debate later in 2012.