China protests after Japan arrests activists: Xinhua
BEIJING (AFP) - Beijing said it would lodge a complaint with Japan after it arrested a group of pro-China activists who landed on a disputed island in the East China Sea on Wednesday, state media said.
"China's foreign ministry is now urgently contacting the Japanese side to lodge representations over this matter," the official Xinhua news agency said. In a separate report, Xinhua said the ministry would "lodge a complaint" with Japan but gave no further details of what action Beijing might undertake.
Japanese police held nine more people late on Wednesday after authorities arrested five activists on the disputed archipelago known as Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan.
The pro-China activists from Hong Kong and Macau set sail to the disputed islands on a Chinese-flagged fishing boat from Hong Kong on Sunday. The activists, who belong to the Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands, had said the move was aimed at countering a plan by a group of Japanese lawmakers to visit the disputed islands this weekend.