China protests to Japan over expulsion of Taiwan boats
Japan's expulsion of Taiwanese fishing boats from waters near Diaoyu Islands
in the East China Sea violates China's sovereignty, the Chinese Foreign Ministry
said late Thursday after lodging a complaint with the Japanese
A Japanese Embassy spokesman said Friday the Chinese ministry lodged a protest with the embassy in Beijing via "normal diplomatic channels" Thursday. The Japanese side listened to China's views but did not give a formal reply, the spokesman said.
On Wednesday, about 50 Taiwanese fishing boats were chased off by Japanese patrol boats and were unable to operate in the waters. There was a brief standoff.
Diaoyu Islands have been Chinese territory since ancient times, and this is a undisputable fact, Liu said.
Nearby waters are rich in fisheries and are considered strategically important.
Taiwan's "foreign ministry" urged Japan on Thursday to respect Taiwanese fishermen's rights to operate in waters near the islands.
Over the past decade, Taiwanese fishing boats operating
in the waters have often been expelled or captured and fined by Japanese