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Tensions mount in China-Japan dispute

Tensions mount in China-Japan dispute
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As anti-Japanese demonstrations are held in Beijing, there is a warning of a deepening crisis in a China-Japan sea dispute.

The Chinese government has suspended high-level contact with Tokyo and threatened more sanctions over Japan’s arrest of the crew of a Chinese fishing boat. The vessel was intercepted near islands claimed by both countries.

Japanese expert at Peking University Liang Yunxiang said: “Although it’s not a new problem, it’s a lot more serious than previous similar disputes.” He says the row over the islands and other ocean disputes will become increasingly serious in the future.

The fishing boat is said to have collided with Japanese coast guard vessels near the disputed islands, which are known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.

The boat and 14 crew were returned to China last week. However, the captain of the vessel remains in custody. Yesterday a Japanese court extended his detention by 10 days.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has repeated its call for his immediate release.