Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi Lodges a Solemn Representation to Japan over the Illegal Detaining of the Chinese Fishing Boat and Fishermen in the Waters of Diaoyu Islands
On September 10, 2010, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi summoned Japanese Ambassador to China Uichiro Niwa and lodged a solemn representation to and a strong protest with Japan over the illegal detaining of the Chinese fishing boat and fishermen in the waters of Diaoyu Islands. Yang stressed that the Chinese government is firmly determined to defend the sovereignty of Diaoyu Islands and the rights of Chinese citizens and demanded Japan to immediately and unconditionally send back the Chinese fishing boat and fishermen including the captain.
Q: It is reported that Japan towed the Chinese fishing boat for a mock collision today. How do you comment?
A: China is firmly opposed to any kind of so-called investigation by the Japanese side on the illegally detained Chinese fishing boat. Japan's so-called evidence-taking is illegal, invalid and in vain. China urges the Japanese side to stop activities that would escalate the situation and let the Chinese fishermen and their boat return immediately and unconditionally, which is the only way to solve the problem
Japan frees Chinese fishing crew
* The group of eight uninhabited islands in the East China Sea lie midway (about 200 nautical miles) between the eastern coast of mainland China and south-west of Japan's Okinawa
* The islands and Taiwan itself were ceded to Japan by the Manchu emperor in 1895
The trawler was fishing in waters near islands claimed by both China and Japan
Japanese authorities say they have released 14 crew members of a Chinese fishing trawler seized last week in the East China Sea.
But the captain of the vessel remains in custody following the incident, which happened in disputed waters.
Prosecutors have until 19 September to decide whether to lay formal charges against him.
China has made repeated protests over the incident and warned that it could harm bilateral ties.
"All the people of China condemn the illegal Japanese behaviour in one voice and fully embody包括the staunch will and determination of the Chinese government and people to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity," a foreign ministry statement said on Monday.
The Chinese fishing boat reportedly rammed Japanese coast guard patrol boats which had been trying to intercept it.
The incident occurred off an island closer to Taiwan than to Japan, and claimed by both Japan and China.
On Sunday Chinese diplomat State Councillor Dai Bingguo戴秉国国务委员warned Tokyo to make a "wise political decision" over the matter.
China has cancelled a series of diplomatic negotiations with Japan over oil and gas fields in the region in protest.
Chinese officials have also called in Japanese Ambassador Uichiro Niwa for talks four times over the incident-most recently in the early hours of Sunday morning.
"It was regrettable that Ambassador Niwa was summoned at such late hours," Japan's top government spokesman, Yoshito Sengoku, said.
He also criticised Beijing for linking the gas talks with the incident, describing them as "totally separate issues".
The freed crew members are reported to have flown back on a chartered flight to Fuzhou via Naha in Okinawa.
The vessel will also be released and sailed back to China by a substitute crew, Japanese officials said.
The area where the Chinese trawler was seized on Tuesday is close to uninhabited islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, which are controlled by Japan but also claimed by China and Taiwan.
BEIJING/FUZHOU-A plane chartered特许by the Chinese government flew 14 Chinese fishermen illegally seized by Japanese authorities from Japan to the southeast China port city of Fuzhou Monday afternoon, after China's repeated solemn representations严重谴责类似的.
Li Guojin (L), one of the 14 Chinese fishermen illegally seized by Japanese authorities, gets off the chartered plane at an airport in Fuzhou, East China's Fujian province, Sept 13, 2010.
The fishermen were illegally detained after the trawler they were aboard collided with two Japanese Coast Guard patrol vessels near the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea last Tuesday.
The trawler, which was "illegally detained by the Japanese side," also set off for home Monday morning, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding that the Chinese government has dispatched a fisheries administration ship to the relevant waters to assist it.
China has repeatedly lodged solemn representations to the Japanese side about the incident, and all Chinese people, including overseas Chinese compatriots, have denounced the illegal moves of the Japanese side, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said.
"All this fully illustrates the firm will and determination of the Chinese government and the Chinese people to safeguard the territory and sovereignty of our homeland," Jiang said.
Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Agriculture and the local government of Fujian Province were also aboard the chartered flight to take care of the fishermen, she said.
The captain of the Chinese trawler, Zhan Qixiong, 41, is still being held by Japanese authorities for allegedly "obstruct妨碍ing public duties." A Japanese court has ruled he be detained for 10 days, until September 19.
"The captain is still being illegally detained by the Japanese side and China strongly demands the Japanese side immediately let him return," Jiang said.
The trawler and its crew members were kept off Ishigaki harbor in Japan's Okinawa Prefecture from last Tuesday and China four times demanded their return.
State Councillor Dai Bingguo, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and some other senior Chinese diplomats have summoned召唤the Japanese Ambassador to China, Uichiro Niwa, four times since the incident.
During his meeting with Uichiro Niwa in the early hours of Sunday, Dai said Japan must make a "wise political decision" and free the trawler and crew.
Also on Sunday, China voiced its firm opposition to any kind of investigation by the Japanese side of the incident, when the Japanese towed the trawler to the sea near Ishigaki island to reenact重新制定the vessels' collision.