|The Chinese trawler under detention stops at the harbor of Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 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
BEIJING, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- China has decided to postpone a negotiation with Japan on the East China Sea issue as part of its response to the seizure of a Chinese fishing boat, said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu Friday night.
The postponed talks, the second governmental negotiations on the principle common understandings on the East China Sea issue, had been scheduled for mid September, according to Jiang.
A Japanese court on Friday, despite Chinese protests, ruled a 10-day detention through Sept.19 against the captain of a Chinese trawler which collided with Japanese patrol ships off the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea on Tuesday.
"The Japanese side has ignored China's repeated solemn representations and firm opposition, and obstinately decided to put the Chinese captain under the so-called judiciary procedures. China expresses strong discontent and grave protest," Jiang said.
"The Diaoyu islands and its adjacent islets have been Chinese territory since ancient times. Japan's acts have violated the law of nations and basic international common sense, and are ridiculous, illegal and invalid," Jiang said.
"Japan will reap as it has sown, if it continues to act recklessly," Jiang warned.
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Friday summoned Japanese Ambassador to China Uichiro Niwa, saying China's determination to defend its sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands and the interests of the Chinese people was unswerving.
Yang said China demanded Japan immediately and unconditionally release the boat and all the crew, including the captain.
On Tuesday, two Japan Coast Guard patrol ships and the Chinese fishing boat collided in waters off the Diaoyu Islands.
No injuries were reported, but the fishing boat was then intercepted by the Japanese patrol.
Chinese fishing boat captain brought to local court
TOKYO, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- The captain of a Chinese trawler which collided with Japanese patrol ships in waters off Diaoyu Islands was brought to a court on Ishigaki island in Okinawa Prefecture at around 14:00 p.m. (0500 GMT) Friday.
Japan Coast Guard arrested the captain for alleged " obstructing public duties" early Wednesday near the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea despite China's protest. Full story
China protests Japan's detention of Chinese boat
BEIJING, Sept. 9 (Xinhuanet) -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry has lodged a protest with Japan, over the detention of a Chinese fishing boat near the Diao-yu Islands. The Japanese Coast Guard, arrested the captain of the Chinese vessel early Wednesday.
On Wednesday, Assistant Foreign Minister, Hu Zhengyue, summoned Japanese ambassador to China, Uichiro Niwa, to lodge the protest. Full story
Japan arrests Chinese captain near Diaoyu Islands despite China's protest
TOKYO, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Japan's Coast Guard arrested the captain of a Chinese fishing boat early Wednesday near the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea despite China's protest.
The trawler's captain, Zhan Qixiong, a 41-year-old Chinese national, was then taken to Ishigaki Island in Japan's Okinawa Prefecture on a patrol boat around 7 a.m. (2200 GMT Tuesday).Full story