Mon, September 13, 2010
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Chinese trawler crew seized by Japan back home

2010-09-13 07:53:15 GMT2010-09-13 15:53:15 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Chinese boat crew members get off the ship at the Ishigaki harbor to go to Ishigaki airport in Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 13, 2010. The 14 Chinese fishermen on board the trawler which had been kept by Japanese authorities at Ishigaki harbor in Okinawa since Tuesday's collision are on their way back to China. (Xinhua/Ji Chunpeng)

FUZHOU, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- A chartered plane of the Chinese government carrying 14 Chinese fishermen illegally seized by the Japanese authority landed in China's southeast port city of Fuzhou Monday afternoon after China's repeated solemn representations.

The fishermen were illegally detained after a trawler they were aboard collided with two Japanese Coast Guard patrol vessels near the Diaoyu Islands last Tuesday.

The fishing boat, which was "illegally detained by the Japanese side", also set off for home Monday morning and the Chinese government has sent a fishery administration ship to relevant waters ready for assistance, said the Chinese Foreign Ministry in a statement.

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