A summit involving Japan and China was in jeopardy Friday after a Chinese foreign ministry official accused Japanese diplomats of making statements that violated China's sovereignty, according to the Chinese state-run news agency.
Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs says relations with China are "extremely important," but Beijing's demand for an apology and compensation over the detention of a Chinese fishing boat captain is "completely groundless and is utterly unacceptable for Japan."
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, in New York Tuesday for the United Nations General Assembly, urged Japan to release a detained Chinese boat captain "immediately and unconditionally," China's state news agency Xinhua reported.
Japan's Foreign Minister on Tuesday described as "beyond comprehension" China's offer to hold summit talks if Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi halts visits to a controversial war shrine, a news report said.
When thousands of Chinese rallied in the commercial city of Shanghai, pelting the Japanese consulate and smashing some cars and restaurants along the way, they were seething over a troubled and unresolved history.