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    China: Detained Chinese Fishermen Released in Japan

    A Chinese fishing boat, detained by Japan's coastguard, is seen in this handout photo taken December 29, 2012.
    A Chinese fishing boat, detained by Japan's coastguard, is seen in this handout photo taken December 29, 2012.
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    China's state news agency said Japan has released a Chinese fishing crew detained on Saturday for poaching in Japanese waters.

    Xinhua said Japanese authorities released the captain and his crew on Monday, after detaining them in waters off the southern city of Kagoshima.

    A Chinese foreign ministry official said Beijing sent a diplomat to a Japanese detention facility in Kagoshima to ensure the fishing crew's rights were protected.

    Xinhua said the Chinese fishermen promised to pay a $50,000 fine for illegal coral fishing before being allowed to depart for China.

    Chinese fishing boats often venture into waters far east of mainland China due to depleted fishing stocks closer to the coast.

    Japan-China tensions escalated this year as the two major trade partners asserted their rival claims to sovereignty over a resource-rich archipelago in the East China Sea.

    Japan's coast guard said it spotted three Chinese government ships in waters near the disputed Japanese-controlled islands on Monday. Chinese vessels repeatedly have sailed near the islands in recent months, ignoring Japanese coast guard warnings to stay out. The islands are known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.

    Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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    by: SEATO
    January 02, 2013 11:52 AM
    LOL...@Vicky: I can't believe you could make such a naïve comment. Japan bullying their neighbour! What a joke! It is China that has been bullying and intimidating all their neighbours,making everyone nervous with their outrageously unacceptable territorial claims.We just wanted to be left in peace to get on with our lives.It is China that keeps threatening our very existence by snatching lands and seas from us,and then blaming all the troubles on their neighbours.Japan does not connive with America.They lost the war and America maintains military presence there to keep them under check.However,the situations have changed,America is now keeping close eyes on communist China and their troublesome brother North Korea instead.Japan itself is just another bully victim.Get the fact right!
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    by: vicky from: asia
    January 03, 2013 8:01 PM
    LOL... sorry seato, its yours, japanese and americans views. But it does not mean that it is shared by the majority of people in the world.

    by: SEATO
    January 01, 2013 5:32 AM
    Shame on America ! They have always claimed to be an Asia-Pacific power,and yet they have let China roam freely through the area,taking the laws into their own hands and do as they please.An undecisive and reluctant America might as well get out and make room for more defiant Japan who would be a better deterrence to China's territorial ambitions
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    by: vicky from: asia
    January 02, 2013 7:58 AM
    Shame on Japan ! Stop bullying your neighbours by conniving with America.

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