Chinese fishing boat detained in Japan: Xinhua

BEIJING Sun Dec 30, 2012 8:32pm EST

A Chinese fishing boat, which is detained by Japan's coastguard, is seen in this handout photo taken December 29, 2012. Japan's coastguard detained a Chinese fishing boat within Japanese waters on Sunday evening, China's Xinhua news agency said, citing the Chinese consulate general in Fukuoka, a city in southwestern Japan. Picture taken December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Kagoshima Coast Guard Office/Handout

A Chinese fishing boat, which is detained by Japan's coastguard, is seen in this handout photo taken December 29, 2012. Japan's coastguard detained a Chinese fishing boat within Japanese waters on Sunday evening, China's Xinhua news agency said, citing the Chinese consulate general in Fukuoka, a city in southwestern Japan. Picture taken December 29, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Kagoshima Coast Guard Office/Handout

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BEIJING (Reuters) - Japan's coastguard detained a Chinese fishing boat within Japanese waters on Sunday evening, China's Xinhua news agency said, citing the Chinese consulate general in Fukuoka, a city in southwestern Japan.

The captain of the boat, registered in the southeastern Chinese province of Fujian, and two crew members have been brought to the southern Japanese city of Kagoshima for questioning, Xinhua said.

It said the captain had admitted he was in Japanese waters.

The incident comes just months after anti-Japanese protests erupted in many Chinese cities over disputed islands near Taiwan, known as the Diaoyu in Chinese and Senkaku in Japanese. Those tensions have cooled but could flare up if stoked by nationalists on either side.

A spokesperson for the Japanese embassy in Beijing could not be reached for comment late on Sunday evening.

The Chinese fishing fleet tends to range far into the waters east of China to offset depleted stocks closer to shore.

(Reporting by Lucy Hornby; Editing by Alison Williams)

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Abulafiah wrote:
Good move, Japan. Imprison them for a few months and confiscate their boat.

The Chinese have over-fished their own fishing grounds, and seem to think they have some divine right to enter other countries territory and over-fish their fishing areas too.

It doesn’t work like that in 2012. There are international laws that apply to all nations, and the Chinese need to get past the idea that they are a superior race who are above the law.

Dec 31, 2012 1:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
Mickelenische wrote:
Chinese ESPIONAGE VESSEL disguised as a fishing boat. That boat was packed to the gills with electronic sensors and recording equipment – no fishermen carry that much sophisticated electronic gear. This is the same con the Soviets used when they used “fishing trawlers” as covert listening posts and radar/sonar probes.

Dec 31, 2012 2:26am EST  --  Report as abuse
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