China says no compensation to Japan over collision

The dispute between China and Japan over the detention of the captain of a Chinese fishing trawler resurfaced as Beijing rejected Tokyo`s demand for USD 1.70 lakh damages caused to Japanese Coast Guard vessels.

Last Updated: Feb 12, 2011, 18:59 PM IST

Beijing: The dispute between China and
Japan over the detention of the captain of a Chinese fishing
trawler resurfaced as Beijing rejected Tokyo`s demand for USD
1.70 lakh damages caused to Japanese Coast Guard vessels in
the collision incident.

The dispute had last year snowballed into a major
diplomatic row after Japan detained the skipper of a Chinese
fishing trawler off the disputed Diaoyu islands after its
collision with a Japanese vessel.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu issued a
strong statement today, saying the waters of the Diaoyu
Islands adjacent islets were an integral part of Chinese
territory from ancient times and Japan had "no right" to
request compensation.

The Japanese authorities should "reflect" on their
actions during the incident in September last year, Ma said.

The islands which are called Sankaku islands by Japan
are administered by Japan, which claims full sovereignty over
them.

Two Japanese Coast Guard vessels were damaged when the
Chinese fishermen resisted arrests leading to their trawler`s
collision with them.

The Japanese Coast Guard has sent a bill of USD
170,000 to trawler captain Zhan Qixiong whose vessel was
involved in the collision.

The bill claimed reimbursement for repairs of "two
Coast Guard patrol vessels and for other costs, including
official work time spent on the repairs," Chinese state-run
Xinhua reported.

After the collision involving the two Japanese Coast
Guard patrol vessels and the Chinese fishing boat, Japan
seized the Chinese boat and detained its skipper. He was
released after repeated Chinese representations.

PTI