|The Chinese trawler under detention stops at the harbor of Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan, Sep. 9, 2010. Japan Coast Guard sent the captain of the Chinese trawler which collided with Japanese patrol ships in waters off Diaoyu Islands to prosecutors in Okinawa Prefecture Thursday morning. (Xinhua/Ji Chunpeng)
Backgrounder: History proves Diaoyu Islands are China's territory
By Xinhua Writers Hou Lijun, Liang Linlin
BEIJING, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Ministry Wednesday lodged strong protest against Japan over the detention of a Chinese fishing boat and its crew near the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea.
The ministry demanded the Japanese side to release the detained Chinese ship and crew members and guarantee their safety.
Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Hu Zhengyue summoned Japanese ambassador to China Uichiro Niwa Wednesday to lodge the protest, which was the strongest wording so far after the incident.
Within 24 hours, the Chinese government summoned the ambassador on this issue for the second time.
Two Japanese patrol boats collided with a Chinese fishing boat in waters off the Diaoyu islands Tuesday. No injuries were reported from the collision, but then the fishing boat was intercepted by Japanese patrol boats.
On the same day after the incident, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Song Tao summoned Uichiro Niwa and urged Japanese patrol boats to stop their illegal interception of Chinese fishing boats.
Wednesday morning, Japan's Coast Guard arrested the captain of the fishing trawler despite China's requests.