Japan Coast Guard sends Chinese captain to prosecutors in Okinawa (2)

11:43, September 09, 2010      

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Assistant Foreign Minister Hu Zhengyue summoned Japanese Ambassador to China Uichiro Niwa to lodge the protest.

This was the second time within 24 hours that the Chinese government summoned the Japanese ambassador and lodged solemn representations on this issue.

Hu demanded that the Japanese side immediately release the ship and crew members on board and guarantee the safety of the persons and the ship.

Japan Coast Guard officials told Chinese embassy officials the 14 crew members are healthy and will be released soon, depending on the process of the questioning, local media reports said.

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the incident will be handled "in a strict manner based on our country's laws," while top government spokesman, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku said he believes the arrest will not affect ties between Japan and China despite exchanges of protests and it is necessary for Tokyo not to "heat up" in dealing with the incident.
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