World Bulletin / News Desk
Japan's coast guard detained a Chinese fishing boat near the southern Japanese island of Okinawa on Saturday and arrested the captain for collecting coral illegally, a coast guard official said.
The vessel was detained off Miyako Island, some 150 km (95 miles) from islands in the East China Sea at the centre of a territorial dispute between the two countries, and about 400 km (250 miles) east of Taipei.
A long-simmering row over the East China Sea islands, known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China, has in recent months escalated to the point where both sides have scrambled fighter jets while patrol ships shadow each other in nearby seas.
In September 2010, the arrest of a Chinese trawler captain by the Japanese coast guard near the disputed islands triggered a barrage of strong words from Beijing and protests in front of Japanese diplomatic missions.
The Japanese coast guard official said on Saturday the captain of the boat was arrested for alleged violation of Japanese law to protect the country's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) from unauthorised fishing.
The vessel was found collecting coral inside the EEZ, 46 km east-northeast of Miyako island, east of Ishigaki, the official said.
The boat and crew of 12 people were being taken to Miyako island.
China's official Xinhua news agency, quoting the Chinese Consulate General in the city of Fukuoka, said the vessel had been detained for "alleged unauthorised coral fishing".
"The consulate has urged the Japanese side to ensure the safety of the Chinese sailors and will visit the captain when he arrives at Miyako," Xinhua reported.
Japan and Malaysia have agree to beef up their defence ties and have begun talks on transfers of defence equipment
A Myanmar court has sentenced Wai Yan Aung, 3 months jail with hard labor for leading student protests.
The Philippines and US defense chiefs are to come together ascountries express increasing concern amid Beijing's reported massive island creation projects.
Myanmar has introduced a new law saying that Muslim women cannot have children less than three years apart.
Police have opened fire and 2 lawyers were killed during argument with police.
The home minister of Indonesia has demanded an investigation into the suspected contamination of rice with plastic.
China should "carefully prepare" for the possibility of a conflict with the United States, the newspaper said.
Armed forces have attacked a Kashmiri telecom company, accusing them of providing information to Indian intellgence.
President Aquino has said that the Philippines will continue to fly over the disputed seas and has warned of damage to China's reputation if the nation engages in direct confrontation with Philippines.
Malwai is climbing up in its deforestation rate as power deficit force people to hack the forests to make charcoal.
Key factors of economy, reform and nationalism have featured in the first year since Indian PM Modi swept to office promising sweeping change with analysts debating his change.
A carb bomb has exploded in Afghanistan, targetting provincial government headquarters in southern Afghanistan's Zabul province
Pakistan Defence Minister slams his Indian counterpart’s recent statement about sponsoring terrorism
The quake was centred in Ibaraki prefecture just northeast of the Japanese capital. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, and no reports of abnormalities at any nuclear facilities.
President says country calculating budget for sheltering Rohingya; military launches search and rescue operation.
Senior news executives leave new media group after claims parent company sold bogus degrees.