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Baidu, Tencent Show ‘Patriotism’ as China, Japan Dispute Islands

Baidu Inc., China’s largest search-engine, and Tencent Holdings Ltd., the nation’s biggest Internet company, placed patriotic banners on their websites amid the worst diplomatic crisis with Japan since 2005.

The homepage for Baidu’s search engine today featured an animated illustration of the islands, known as Diaoyu in Chinese and Senkaku in Japanese, with a Chinese flag flying atop. Tencent posted a banner on its QQ website commemorating today’s 81st anniversary of the Mukden Incident, which led to Japan’s invasion of China.