Anti-Japan protests ease off in China, authorities reducing tension
BEIJING (AFP) - Anti-Japan protests in Beijing and elsewhere in China over a bitter territorial row died down on Wednesday as authorities appeared to be trying to lower the temperature of the dispute.
There were no crowds outside the Japanese embassy in Beijing - the scene of mass demonstrations at the weekend and on Tuesday - and it said police had told citizens to avoid the area.
Armed police remained stationed outside the compound, but the road was re-opened to traffic, effectively preventing any substantial gathering. Other than minor demonstrations outside the consulate in Shanghai, there were no reports of protests elsewhere in China.
The row centres on islands in the East China Sea known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.