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China demands apology from Japan

09-26-2010 13:42 BJT

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The Foreign Ministry says China has a right to demand Japan make an apology and pay compensation for the seizure of a Chinese fishing trawler.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu says Japan's action severely infringed upon China's territorial sovereignty and the personal rights and interests of Chinese citizens. Jiang Yu made the remarks on Saturday, when asked to comment on the Japanese Foreign Ministry's statement that China's demand for an apology and compensation is not acceptable.

Jiang Yu reiterated that the Diaoyu Islands have been an integral part of China's territory since ancient times.

News Review: Diaoyu Islands incident

Time: 10:15 am, September 7th

Location: Waters off Diaoyu Islands

Incident: Chinese fishing boat Minjinyu collided with the 1,349-ton Japanese patrol boat Yonakuni and then with another patrol boat, the Mizuki in waters some 12 kilometers northwest of the Diaoyu Islands.

Development of the incident:

September 25th: Chinese trawler captain arrives safely in Fuzhou

Chinese trawler captain Zhan Qixiong has arrived safely in Fuzhou, capital of East China's Fujian Province. Zhan travelled home by chartered plane following an illegal detention by Japan. Full Story>>

September 13th: 14 seized Chinese fishermen return home

After China's repeated solemn representations, 14 Chinese fishermen illegally seized by Japanese authorities have flown back to east China's port city of Fuzhou. However the captain of their boat is still detained by the Japanese side. Full Story>>

September 10th: China decided to postpone a negotiation with Japan on the East China Sea issue

September 10th: Chinese fishing boat captain was detained and brought to local court.

September 8th - 12th: China summoned Japanese ambassador three times and repeatedly lodged solemn representations and firm opposition 

September 8th: Japanese Coast Guard seized a Chinese fishing boat in the waters off the Diaoyu Islands.

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