BEIJING (Reuters) – Japanese authorities have detained a Chinese boat for fishing in Japanese waters, China’s Xinhua news agency said on Thursday, even as the two countries moved to defuse tensions that flared last year over disputed islands.
The boat, registered in Zhejiang province in eastern China, was found in waters near Goto, in Nagasaki prefecture in southern Japan, Xinhua said. The captain was being taken ashore following questioning.
The incident comes as a Japanese envoy visited Beijing to soothe relations frayed in September, when Chinese took to the streets in sometimes violent protest against the Japanese government’s purchase of disputed islets, part of a group known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese, from their private owners.
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