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Friday, 10th September 2010
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Tensions increase between Japan and China

Diplomatic relations are under threat after Japanese authorities arrested a Chinese fisherman.

A Chinese fishing vessel was accused by the Japan Coast Guard of straying into Japanese waters – there have been a number of similar incidents as the two countries continue to dispute ownership of a group of small islands.

China's government is calling for the fishing boat's captain, Zhan Qixiong, to be released immediately, however, Japan claims the man may face up to three years in jail because he collided with Japanese patrol boats.

It is understood that the 14 other crew members have not been arrested but are being viewed as witnesses to the incident by the Japanese authorities.

The five islands, located in the East China Sea, are named Senkaku in Japan, while China refers to them as Diaoyu. It is thought that the small land masses could have vital oil and gas deposits.

Taiwan also believes that it has a claim to Senkaku/Diaoyu and was involved in a similar incident with Japan in 2008.

Written by Mark Smith.

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