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Countries’ boat battle deepens

<br /> <strong>BEIJING. </strong>China suspended high-level exchanges with Japanyesterday and promised tough counter­measures after a Japanese courtextended the detention of a Chinese captain whose trawler collided withtwo Japanese coast guard ships.


BEIJING. China suspended high-level exchanges with Japan yesterday and promised tough counter­measures after a Japanese court extended the detention of a Chinese captain whose trawler collided with two Japanese coast guard ships.


The spat between Asia’s two largest economies has flared since Japan arrested the captain, accusing him of deliberately striking a patrol ship and obstructing public officers near uninhabited islets in the East China Sea claimed by both sides.

 
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