China has put off its mid-September talks with Japan on the controversial East China Sea issue in protest against seizure of a Chinese fishing boat which had collided with two Japanese patrol vessels near disputed islands, deepening the diplomatic row over the matter.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said last night that China has put off its talks with Japan on the East China Sea issue as part of its response to the seizure of a Chinese fishing boat.
The decision came after a Japanese court granted a request by prosecutors for a 10-day detention of the captain of the Chinese trawler which collided with Japanese patrol ships off the disputed Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea on Tuesday.
The postponed talks, the second governmental negotiations on the principle common understandings on the East China Sea issue, were scheduled for mid-September, according to Jiang.
"The Japanese side has ignored China's repeated solemn representations and firm opposition, and obstinately decided to put the Chinese captain under the so-called judiciary procedures. China expresses strong discontent and grave protest to the move," she said.
"The Diaoyu islands and its adjacent islets have been Chinese territory since ancient times. Japan's acts have violated the law of nations and basic international common sense, and are ridiculous, illegal and invalid," Jiang said. "Japan will reap as it has sown, if it continues to act recklessly," she warned.
Earlier, the Japanese Ambassador here was summoned for the third time in four days to demand the release of the captain and other crew of the fishing vessel seized off disputed islands.
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi summoned the Japanese Ambassador to China Uichiro Niwa and protested against Japan's "illegal" seizure of the Chinese fishing boat in waters off the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea, which have been claimed by China, Japan and Taiwan.
Yang told Niwa that the Chinese government was determined to defend the sovereignty of the Diaoyu Islands, a Foreign Ministry statement here said.