The central government has been tolerant of the anti-Japan protests since activists set foot on the Diaoyus, including this demonstration yesterday in Chengdu, Sichuan. Photo: AP
The central government has been tolerant of the anti-Japan protests since activists set foot on the Diaoyus, including this demonstration yesterday in Chengdu, Sichuan. Photo: AP

Beijing approves anti-Japan protests while avoiding deeper row with Tokyo

Patriotic displays give officials a bargaining chip when dealing with Japanese, say analysts, as long as protests avoid Beijing and are not violent

The central government has been tolerant of the anti-Japan protests since activists set foot on the Diaoyus, including this demonstration yesterday in Chengdu, Sichuan. Photo: AP
The central government has been tolerant of the anti-Japan protests since activists set foot on the Diaoyus, including this demonstration yesterday in Chengdu, Sichuan. Photo: AP
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