Row over disputed islands: China lodges protest with Japan
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 07, 2010, 22:53
Beijing: Tensions mounted between China and Japan today as the Foreign Ministry summoned Tokyo's Ambassador here and lodged a protest over the "interception of Chinese fishing boats" by Japan's patrol vessels off the disputed Diaoyu islands.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Song Tao summoned Japanese ambassador Niwa Uichiro and lodged solemn representations on Japan's interception of Chinese fishing boats, state run Xinhua news agency reported.

Two Japanese patrol boats collided with a Chinese fishing boat in waters off the Diaoyu islands earlier in the day, the agency reported.

"Song urged the Japanese patrol boats to stop their illegal interception against Chinese fishing boats," it said.

Earlier, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu expressed grave concern over the incident saying the Diaoyu islands and its adjacent islets had been Chinese territory since ancient times.

"We have lodged solemn representations with the Japanese side," she told a media briefing here replying to a question on the collision, which happened earlier today.

No injuries were reported from the incident. China urged Japanese patrol boats against any "so-called law enforcement activities" in waters off the Diaoyu islands and to refrain from taking any actions that would threaten the security of Chinese fishing boats and their crew, Jiang said.

"We will closely follow the situation and reserve our right to take further action," she said.


First Published: Tuesday, September 07, 2010, 22:53

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