China – Japan Relations Strained As Fishing Captain Detainment Continues
September 20, 2010
(ChattahBox World News) – The relationship between Japan and China is tense at the moment, following a number of disagreements that include the detainment of a fisherman two weeks ago by Japanese authorities.
The unnamed man was arrested after his fishing boat allegedly collided with two small coast guard vessels carrying Japanese officers. That was on September 7, and he has since seen his detainment holding period extended until the 29th.
China has protested, calling the move a political one by Japan, who arrested the man near the disputed Senkaku islands. Japan denies this, saying that the man was obstructing the coast guard in their duties.
In response, China cut off talks about an aviation extension between the nations and canceled a large trip of 1,000 Japanese youths that were set to come into the country.
But despite the claims that it is over the detainment of one man, the real reason behind the strain is more likely to be the plans from Japan to begin drilling in the gas fields near the disputed waters of the East China Sea. It will come after the continued drilling by the Chinese government, who are embroiled in a fight over boundaries with Tokyo.
Whatever the cause, the threat from China has been clear.
“If Japan acts willfully, making mistake after mistake, China will take strong countermeasures, and all the consequences will be borne by the Japanese side,” Ma Zhaoxu, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry said.