The Straits Times
Published on Sep 15, 2012

Hundreds protest at Japanese embassy in Beijing


BEIJING (REUTERS) - Hundreds of people protested in front of the Japanese embassy in Beijing on Saturday, throwing objects at the building as police struggled to keep control, amid growing tensions between Asia's two biggest economies over a group of disputed islands.

On Tuesday, Japan brushed off stern warnings from China and said it had bought the islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, from a private Japanese owner.

In Shanghai, streets around the Japanese consulate, in the western part of town, were cordoned off on Saturday. Hundreds of police let small groups of people in at a time to protest.

There have been smaller, better-behaved protests in front of the embassy located in an eastern part of Beijing for most of the week.