So far, it has only manifested itself in anti-Japanese protests in China and in tourism, with an official Chinese youth organization calling off a visit by 1,000 young Japanese to Shanghai On Tuesday, Japanese Transport Minister Sumio Mabuchi said he had canceled a Beijing-requested meeting with officials from China's National Tourism Administration on the sidelines of the APEC tourism ministers' meeting in Nara in southern Japan on Wednesday The fishing boat's 14 Chinese crew were released last week, but captain Zhan Qixiong was held. Late Sunday, shortly after a Japanese court approved a 10-day extension of his detention, Beijing announced the suspension of contacts.
The tensions have sent ties to their lowest level since the 2001-2006 term of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, whose repeated visits to a war shrine in Japan enraged China. They have raised questions about cooperation between the nations at international forums such as this week's summit in New York on United Nations goals to fight poverty that Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao are attending.
The two leaders are due to meet separately with US President Barack Obama, whose government has called on China and Japan to resolve the issue through dialogue US Vice President Joe Biden on Monday sent a warm message to long-time ally Japan, stressing that Washington's ties with Tokyo were at the centre of US foreign policy in Asia There is an emerging relationship that we have to get right between the United States and China... frankly, I don't know how that relationship can be made right other than going through Tokyo," Biden said Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg said the flare-up was "unfortunate" in light of efforts by China and Japan to repair relations in recent years.