Japan Extends Detention of Chinese Fishing Captain (Video)

By Marco t'Hoen
Marco t'Hoen
Marco t'Hoen
September 19, 2010 Updated: September 24, 2010

[ Chinese Regime Suspends Bilateral Ties with Japan ]

A Japanese court on Sunday, agreed to extend the detention of the Chinese trawler captain who collided with two Japanese Coast Guard ships in a disputed area in the East China Sea until Sept. 29. The court granted the prosecution's request for an extension of the 10-day detention period for 41-year-old Zhan Qixiong, reported Kyodo news. On Sept. 7 the Chinese fishing trawler rammed two Japanese Coast Guard vessels in waters near the disputed Senkaku Islands. Besides Japan, both China and Taiwan claim the uninhabited islands and surrounding sea, which is rich in oil, gas, and fish.

The incident has heightened diplomatic tension between Beijing and Tokyo both claiming sovereignty over the islands. Beijing summoned the Japanese ambassador several times last week and repeatedly demanded the release of the captain claiming Japan illegally intercepted the boat. Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara said Sunday they will deal with the captain "under Japanese law, without making a fuss," the Japan Times reported.

Marco t'Hoen
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