Beijing: China on Thursday called for "concrete
actions" from Japan to resolve a bitter diplomatic row, as
Tokyo warned its citizens to remain vigilant ahead of possible
protests in major Chinese cities.
The Asian neighbours are entangled in their worst spat in
years, stemming from the collision last week of a Chinese
fishing trawler and two Japanese coastguard vessels near a
disputed island chain in the East China Sea.
China has so far summoned Japan`s ambassador five times
over the incident and repeatedly demanded the boat`s captain
be released from Japanese custody.
Tokyo says the skipper intentionally rammed the Japanese
ships during a chase.
"It is an obstacle in bilateral relations at present and
we hope Japan will take concrete actions to eliminate the
obstacle," Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told
"Japan should return the captain immediately to avoid
further detriment to bilateral relations."
Anti-Japanese protesters are planning demonstrations at
the weekend in Beijing and Shanghai, reports say, prompting
Tokyo`s embassy to urge nationals living or working in China
to exercise caution.
"We warned Japanese nationals living in China as well as
those travelling and doing business here, through emails and
our website, that they should take care of their safety," an
embassy press officer told a news agency.
The Japanese official, who asked not to be named, said
the embassy had no specific information that a demonstration
would take place outside the mission on Saturday, and had
received no guidance from Chinese police.