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Anti-Japan protests spread across China on Tuesday, prompting many Japanese companies to halt operations, amid a bitter dispute over contested islands.

Thousands of Chinese demonstrators marched outside the Japanese embassy in Beijing to mark the anniversary of the Japanese invasion of Manchuria. Protests erupted in dozens of other cities, including Shanghai, Chengdu and Shenzhen.

Tensions between the Asian powers have risen in recent months over the disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea. Japan controls the islands – called the Diaoyu in Chinese – which are also claimed by China and Taiwan. China has seen a spate of anti-Japan protests since Japan last week bought three of the islands from their private Japanese owner.

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