China will never waiver on issue of sovereignty: experts

09:37, September 24, 2010      

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The immediate and unconditional release of the detained Chinese fisherman is the precondition for Sino-Japanese relations to return to normal, experts said Thursday, stressing that the Chinese government will "never waiver" on sovereignty issues.

  China "acts sensibly" but Japan takes this as "weakness" and misjudges the situation, Gao Hong, deputy director of the Institute of Japanese Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, a key government think tank, told Xinhua.

  Premier Wen Jiabao Tuesday urged Japan to release the illegally detained Chinese captain "immediately and unconditionally."

  "Otherwise, China will take further actions," said Wen, who arrived in New York Tuesday for a three-day visit. "The Japanese side bears full responsibility for the current situation, and it shall bear all the consequences that arise."

  Two Japan coast guard patrol ships and the Chinese fishing boat collided in waters off the Diaoyu Islands on Sept. 7.

  Wen said the Diaoyu Island is China's "sovereign territory" but the Japanese authorities illegally seized the Chinese trawler and fishermen and continues to illegally hold the trawler's captain, despite China's protestations.

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