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Sep 30, 2010

China releases 3 Japanese but isle dispute lingers

BEIJING/TOKYO (Reuters) – China released three Japanese citizens on Thursday whose detention had added to tensions between Asia’s two top economies, but a fourth remains in custody in a sign that the row is not yet over.

Tokyo and Beijing have been in a bitter feud since Japan detained a Chinese fishing boat skipper whose trawler collided this month with two Japan Coast Guard ships near uninhabited islands in the East China Sea that both sides claim.

Sep 26, 2010

Japan PM wades into China row, refuses to apologise

BEIJING/TOKYO, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister
Naoto Kan waded into an acrimonious dispute over Japan’s
detention of a Chinese fisherman on Sunday, dismissing China’s
demands for an apology and compensation as out of the question.

The row has bounced back and forth between the two sides
with demands for an apology and rejections, illustrating the
fragility of ties between Asia’s two biggest economies troubled
by Chinese memories of wartime occupation and maritime
territorial disputes.

Sep 26, 2010

China repeats apology demand after Japan frees fisherman

BEIJING/TOKYO (Reuters) – China pushed its demand for an apology from Japan for detaining a Chinese fishing trawler captain, showing no sign of an end to the row after Japan released the captain and said no apology was necessary.

The dispute illustrates the fragility of ties between Asia’s two biggest economies troubled by Chinese memories of Japanese wartime occupation and territorial disputes over parts of the East China Sea that could hold rich reserves of gas.

Sep 24, 2010

Japan to free China boat captain at centre of row

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan on Friday was set to release a Chinese trawler captain at the heart of a intense territorial row with China that Tokyo had warned was threatening to damage Asia’s two biggest economies.

A prosecutor from Japan’s southern Okinawa island said they had decided to free the Chinese fishing boat captain, whose trawler collided this month with two Japanese patrol boats in waters near islands both sides claim, sparking a bitter row.

Sep 24, 2010

Japan warns of economic fallout from China row

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan warned on Friday that a deepening territorial row with China could hurt both of Asia’s biggest economies, but declined to link the feud to the detention of four of its nationals on suspicion of entering a Chinese military zone.

A Japanese foreign ministry spokesman confirmed that four Japanese nationals employed by unlisted construction firm Fujita Corp had been detained in China on suspicion of violating Chinese law regarding the protection of military facilities.

Sep 24, 2010

Japan frets about economic fallout from China row

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan warned on Friday that a deepening row with China could hurt both of Asia’s two biggest economies and sought to draw a line between a feud over disputed islets in the East China Sea and the detainment of four of its nationals on suspicion of entering a Chinese military zone.

A Japanese foreign ministry spokesman confirmed that four Japanese nationals employed by unlisted construction firm Fujita Corp had been detained in China on suspicion of violating Chinese law regarding the protection of military facilities.

Sep 22, 2010

China’s Wen threatens to step up Japan row

BEIJING/TOKYO, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Chinese Premier Wen
Jiabao threatened more retaliation against Japan unless it
releases a trawler captain whom Tokyo accuses of deliberately
colliding with a Japanese coastguard ship near disputed
islands.

In the first comments by a senior Chinese leader on the
issue, he told a meeting of overseas Chinese and Chinese
Americans in New York on Tuesday that the skipper must be set
free unconditionally.

Sep 21, 2010

China says boat row rules out meeting with Japanese PM

TOKYO/BEIJING, Sept 21 (Reuters) – China on Tuesday said a
row over Japan’s detention of a Chinese trawler captain had
badly damaged ties and made it “inappropriate” for the premiers
of Asia’s biggest economies to meet this week at the United
Nations.

Beijing had already suspended high-level exchanges and
promised tough counter-measures after a Japanese court extended
the detention of the skipper whose boat collided with two
Japanese coastguard ships this month near disputed islands.

Sep 21, 2010

Japan wants nationalism avoided in China sea row

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan said on Tuesday it and China should avoid fuelling nationalism over a sea dispute and called for the row to be resolved without affecting business between Asia’s two biggest economies.

China has suspended high-level exchanges with Japan and promised tough countermeasures after a Japanese court extended the detention of a Chinese captain whose trawler collided with two Japanese coastguard ships this month.

Sep 17, 2010

Japan PM rejigs cabinet

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan kept allies in key posts in a cabinet reshuffle on Friday, signaling he plans to press ahead with efforts to curb a huge public debt as he struggles with a strong yen and weak economy.

He also appointed a new foreign minister, conservative security expert Seiji Maehara, who faces tense ties with China over a territorial dispute and strains with ally the United States over a U.S. airbase.

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