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Japan arrests China fishing boat captain amid island row

Published on Feb 2, 2013 4:40 PM
 
A Chinese fishing boat (left) is pursued by a Japan Coast Guard vessel in waters off Miyako Island, Okinawa prefecture, in this handout released by 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters on Feb 2, 2013. The captain was arrested on suspicion of fishing in the country's exclusive economic zone on Saturday, Feb 2, 2013, amid a festering territorial row between the two countries. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's coastguard arrested the captain of a Chinese fishing boat on suspicion of fishing in the country's exclusive economic zone on Saturday amid a festering territorial row between the two countries.

The coral fishing boat with a crew of 13 was stopped by a coastguard patrol in waters some 46km northeast of Miyako island in the Okinawan chain, the local branch of the Japan coastguard said.

Its captain was arrested on suspicion of fishing in the exclusive maritime zone without permission from Japan, the coastguard said.

The incident occurred amid a simmering dispute over the Tokyo-administered Senkaku islands, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus.

 
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