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Japan envoy summoned over Diaoyu incident

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China on Tuesday summoned the Japanese envoy to protest Japan's interception of a Chinese fishing boat in waters off the Diaoyu Islands.

Vice-Foreign Minister Song Tao summoned Japanese ambassador to China Niwa Uichiro to "lodge solemn representations", the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Earlier in the day, two Japanese patrol boats collided with the Chinese trawler.

Song urged the Japanese patrol boats to stop their illegal interception of Chinese fishing boats on the East China Sea.

The protest came after a ministry spokeswoman expressed "grave concern" over the collision.

Jiang Yu, speaking at a regular news briefing, urged Japan to stop its so-called law enforcement in waters off the islands and refrain from taking any action that would threaten the security of Chinese fishing boats and their crew.

"We have lodged solemn representations with the Japanese side," Jiang said, adding, "we will closely follow the situation and reserve our right to take further action".

The Diaoyu Islands and its adjacent islets have been Chinese territory since ancient times, Jiang reiterated.

The incident occurred when three Japanese patrol boats stopped a Chinese trawler claiming it was operating illegally near the islands before ordering it to leave the area, according to Japan's Mainichi Daily News.

The Chinese trawler's bow hit the 1,349-ton Yonakuni's stern at around 9:15 am in waters some 12 km north-northwest of Huangweiyu islet, and again collided with another Japanese patrol boat, Mizuki, 40 minutes later, Mainichi Daily News reported, citing the Japan Coast Guard (JCG).


1. Where did the incident occur?

2. What is the name of the Japanese ambassador to China?

3. What time did the first incident occur?


1. waters off Diaoyu Islands

2. Niwa Uichiro

3. 9.15am

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Japan envoy summoned over Diaoyu incident

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Japan envoy summoned over Diaoyu incident

Lee Hannon is Chief Editor at China Daily with 15-years experience in print and broadcast journalism. Born in England, Lee has traveled extensively around the world as a journalist including four years as a senior editor in Los Angeles. He now lives in Beijing and is happy to move to China and join the China Daily team.