China hasn`t informed of break in contacts: Japan

China is angry over Japan`s refusal to release the fishing boat captain.

Updated: Sep 20, 2010, 11:39 AM IST

Beijing: Japan said on Monday it was not officially informed of China`s decision to break off high-level government contacts over the extended detention of a fishing boat captain arrested after a ship collision near disputed islands.

The rare move pushed already tense relations to a new low, and showed China`s willingness to play hardball with its Asian rival on issues of territorial integrity.

The decision late Sunday came a day after anti-Japanese protests were held across China on the anniversary of the start of a Japanese invasion of China in 1931 that has historically cast a shadow over ties between the world`s second- and third-largest economies.