End protests against Japan

April 20 | Updated: Apr 21 2005, 05:30am hrs
China's Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing called for an end to anti-Japanese protests after three weekends of demonstrations over textbooks in Japan and gas drilling rights in areas disputed by the two countries.

Chinese protesters have pelted Japanese missions and businesses with stones, bottles and paint since April 2, in demonstrations sparked by textbooks that critics say gloss over atrocities committed during Japan's 1931-45 occupation of China. Protesters also opposed Japan's bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council and its decision to allow drilling in a disputed area in the East China Sea.