The Straits Times
Published on Sep 20, 2012

Anti-Japan protests ease off in China but leaders continue rhetoric


BEIJING (AFP) - Anti-Japan protests in China over a bitter territorial row died down on Wednesday as authorities apparently sought to ease tensions on the ground, although political leaders maintained their rhetoric.

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.