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Beijing now worried anti-Japan protests could backfire

Protesters at an anti-Japan rally also unfurled banners calling for a multiparty political system and complaining about the high price of real estate, according to images shown on Japanese TV.

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A protester (c.) holds a placard reading "Boycott Japanese goods" during an anti-Japan demonstration in Chongqing municipality on Tuesday. China's top internal security official told citizens to stick to the law in voicing their patriotism, state media reported on Tuesday, after weekend protests against Japan that turned against the government.

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The Chinese government has given the first sign that it might be nervous that a continuing series of anti-Japanese demonstrations could lead protesters to turn on the Chinese authorities instead of Tokyo.

At a demonstration in Baoji, Shaanxi province on Saturday, demonstrators did not just call for the government to get tougher with Japan in its territorial dispute over a string of islands in the East China Sea.

Some also unfurled banners calling for a multiparty political system and complaining about the high price of real estate, according to images shown on Japanese TV.

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China’s top law and order official Zhou Yongkang, said the government should “strengthen propaganda and opinion work to guide the public to voice its patriotic aspirations in a rational and orderly way according to the law, protecting social and political stability,” according to a report in Tuesday’s People’s Daily, the official organ of the ruling Communist party.

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