Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

TALKING EUROPE

Louis Michel: 'Europe is not guilty' of Africa's failings

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Italy's Europe minister: 'Bold measures' needed to dismantle human trafficking

Read more

ENCORE!

Music show: Blur, Martin Gore and Moriarty

Read more

FOCUS

France steps up cyber defence in wake of attacks

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

End of an era as Volkswagen's Piech resigns

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

Police beat kids in Guinea, and militias dynamite homes in Iraq

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Nepal vows not to be crippled by deadly quake

Read more

ENCORE!

Armenia, 100 years on

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Togo: Will President Faure Gnassingbe win a third 5-year term?

Read more

Asia-pacific

Japanese minister calls China's reaction in island dispute 'hysterical'

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-10-18

Japan's Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara on Monday slammed China's "hysterical" reaction after Beijing froze rare earth mineral shipments to Japan and hundreds of Chinese took part in anti-Japanese rallies over a souring territorial dispute.

AFP - Japan's Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara on Monday labelled China's reaction in a territorial row as "hysterical", pointing to Beijing's freeze of rare earth mineral shipments to the island-nation.
  
Maehara, known as a China hawk, was asked in parliament about a series of retaliatory steps Beijing has taken since Japan in early September arrested a Chinese trawler captain near a disputed island chain.
  
China scrapped high-levels talks and bilateral events. Industry sources say it also halted rare earth exports, crucial for high-tech goods, to Japan.
  
"I think the countermeasures China has taken are extremely hysterical," Maehara said, speaking after anti-Japanese protests in China at the weekend.
  
"As for the rare earth issue, the Chinese commerce ministry says they haven't taken such a measure, but we still can't conclude at this moment that shipments have returned to normal," he said.

Date created : 2010-10-18

  • DIPLOMACY

    China and Japan move to repair ties at Asia-Europe summit

    Read more

  • DIPLOMACY

    Japan urges China to free fourth detained national

    Read more

  • DIPLOMACY

    China-Japan row threatens to undermine vital shared interests

    Read more

COMMENT(S)