BEIJING (AP) — Thousands of protesters are marching past the Japanese Embassy in Beijing shouting patriotic slogans, demanding boycotts of Japanese goods and calling on China to assert its claim over disputed islands held by the Japanese government.
Similar protests are expected in cities around China on Tuesday, the anniversary of a 1931 incident that Japan used as a pretext to invade Manchuria before World War II.
Tensions have been growing for months in the dispute over ownership of East China Sea islands called the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. The disagreement came to a head last week when the Japanese government said it was purchasing some of the islands from their private owner to thwart a Japanese politician’s plans to buy and develop them.
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