PM snubs Chinese apology demand

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The Independent Online

japan's prime Minister yesterday rejected China's demand that Tokyo apologises and compensates for detaining a Chinese fisherman, and said both sides must try to cool down their feud.

Fishing trawler captain Zhan Qixiong was released and arrived back in China on Saturday after his boat collided with Japanese patrol ships on 7 September near disputed islets, known as the Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan. His crew had been freed earlier. The waters are believed to be rich in oil and natural gas. Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan repeated that Tokyo would not apologise.

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