Video footage of a ship collision between Japan’s coastguard and a Chinese trawler two months ago has been leaked online, threatening to further strain Tokyo-Beijing ties, media reports said Friday.
The two Asian giants have been embroiled in their worst spat in years over the incident in early September near a disputed island chain in the East China Sea, which led Japan to arrest the skipper and detain him for several weeks.
China called the arrest invalid and illegal and reacted with a series of protests and other diplomatic countermeasures.
Video footage of the collisions, taken by Japan’s coastguard, has been shown to Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan and some Japanese lawmakers but not made available to the wider public for fear of inflaming the dispute.
But Japan’s Jiji Press and other media reported early Friday that the footage had been found uploaded on the free video-sharing site YouTube. The video was divided into six parts and totalled 44 minutes, Jiji said.
The Sankei daily in an online report quoted an unnamed Japanese coastguard officer as saying: "It’s probably real footage."
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