Netizens criticize Japan's arrest of Chinese fisherman

16:36, September 09, 2010      

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On the morning of Sept. 7, a Chinese fishing boat collided twice with Japanese patrol vessels without casualties or injuries, and on the morning of the next day, Japanese authorities arrested the captain of the Chinese fishing boat for allegedly violating Japan's Fisheries Law. The Chinese side has demanded that Japan immediately release the personnel and the boat to avoid the escalation of the situation.

This news has aroused the close attention of netizens who left more than 150,000 messages on major Web sites as of Sept. 8.

They unanimously expressed discontent over the actions of the Japanese and intensely condemned Japan's detainment of the Chinese fishing boat and fishermen in waters near the Diaoyu Islands. They have supported China's stance toward the incident and have called for the Japanese side to release the personnel and boat as soon as possible and publicly apologize.

Netizens have called on China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs to seriously deal with Japan's actions and take measures to set the fishermen free.

A netizen from the Strong Nation Forum said, "The Diaoyu Islands are part of China's territory, and Japanese actions were simply provocations. I believe that the captain of the fishing boat was acting in self-defense. Was there any reason for the Japanese to arrest and punish him?"

Famed writer Zheng Yuanjie said on blog.sina.com.cn, "Japan's patrol vessels intercepted a Chinese fishing boat in the waters near the Diaoyu Islands and forcedly boarded the boat and arrested the captain. The Japanese police are appealing to Japan's procuratorate to approve the arrest of the captain. No matter the police from any country arrest people anywhere, it must have legal basis."

A netizen from Shandong said on sina.com, "The Chinese side must strongly condemn the actions of the Japanese side. The Japanese side should immediately release the personnel, return the boat and withdraw warships from the waters near the Diaoyu Islands."

A netizen nicknamed "Mentioning Slaughter" from 163.com said, "I support the firm stance held by China's foreign ministry, and this incident is simply trouble unreasonably stirred up by the Japanese side."

By People's Daily Online

(Editor:梁军)

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