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The violent demonstrations in China made Mazda halt production at its Nanjing plant, jointly operated with Chongqing Changan Automobile and Ford.

Japanese automakers and other companies announced plant closures in China and warned expatriates to stay indoors as angry protests are expected over the next days. Besides Honda, Panasonic and Canon Inc, who already announced plant closures over the next several days, Mazda also took the decision to halt production at its Nanjing plant in China.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urged Beijing to offer assurance that Japan’s people and property were protected during this period of violent attacks. The People’s Daily newspaper, known as belonging to the Chinese Communist Party, warned that if the dispute worsens, Beijing could resort to economic retaliation.

“How could it be that Japan wants another lost decade, and could even be prepared to go back by two decades?” asked a front-page editorial. China “has always been extremely cautious about playing the economic card”, it said.

But the protesters show no sign of reconciliation. One Japanese expat said that his family and other Japanese customers have been chased out a restaurant near the Japanese consulate on Sunday.