China tells Japan to back down

By Andy Rice 10 September 2010

In the latest row over disputed waters in the sea between Japan, China and South Korea, officials in Beijing have summoned the Japanese ambassador to demand the release of a Chinese fishing boat and crew that were captured by the Japanese navy on Tuesday. The incident happened off the northwestern coast of Japan's Kuba island, which is just north of a group of disputed islands called Senkaku in Japan, and Diaoyu in China. The navy repeatedly warned the boat to leave the area, and then seized it after it refused to stop for inspection.  This is the latest in a long list of rows that China has had with its neighbours as it seeks to extend its control in the waters between it, Japan and South Korea. Read more: Reuters and AP

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