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China chief warns Japan in boat row

China's premier is warning that his country will take "further actions" if Japan does not immediately release a ship captain at the centre of a growing dispute between the two Asian powers.

Wen Jiabao's comments are the first by a top Chinese leader on the issue that has led Beijing to suspend ministerial-level contacts with Tokyo.

China also said Mr Wen will not meet with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan at the UN in New York this week.

The state-run Xinhua News Agency reported that Mr Wen said that Japan "bears full responsibility for the situation, and it will bear all consequences".

The Chinese fishing captain's boat collided with Japanese patrol vessels two weeks ago near islands in the East China Sea claimed by both nations.


From Belfast Telegraph