China strikes back at Japan after boat captain freed

China on Saturday demanded Japan apologize for holding a Chinese boat captain, showing few outward signs of softening in a dispute between the two Asian economic powers after Japan gave ground and released him.

The fishing trawler captain, Zhan Qixiong, flew out of Japan on a chartered plane that took him to the coastal Chinese city of Fuzhou, but Beijing’s response suggested it still harbored some rancor.

The release followed the detention of four Japanese nationals on suspicion of violating Chinese law regarding the protection of military facilities, though Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku has denied a link between the two incidents.

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