BEIJING, Sept 17 China pledged on Monday to
protect Japanese citizens and property and urged anti-Japan
protesters to express themselves in an "orderly, rational and
lawful" way after mass demonstrations in scores of Chinese
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters
at a daily briefing that it was up to Japan to correct its ways
and the direction of developments was now in Japan's hands.
Protests against Japan broke out on Saturday, following
mounting tensions over islands in the East China Sea claimed by
both Beijing and Tokyo.