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Japan ticks off China for protests

world Updated: Jan 11, 2013 23:45 IST

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has criticised China for allowing anti-Japanese protests over the Senkaku islands to turn violent.

Demonstrations were held in Chinese cities in autumn after Japan's then prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, announced that his government would buy the islands, known in China as the Diaoyu, from their private Japanese owners.

Abe, a nationalist, blamed the Chinese authorities for allowing the demonstrations to spiral out of control, and for damaging bilateral business ties.