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China suspends senior bilateral exchanges with Japan over fishing boat seizure

China on Sunday said it had suspended senior bilateral exchanges with Japan over an incident in disputed waters and warned relations with Tokyo had been "severely hurt".

The announcement comes after a Japanese court authorised prosecutors to extend by 10 days the detention of a Chinese captain accused of ramming his trawler against Japanese patrol boats in the East China Sea.

It also comes as Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and his counterpart Naoto Kan prepare to fly to New York to attend a UN gathering where they will meet US President Barack Obama in separate talks.

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