19 March 2019

Ship seizure not linked to war reparations, ministry says

China’s seizure of a Japanese ship was solely for payments owed to a Chinese firm and not related to wartime compensation, Global Times reported Monday, citing Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang.

The statement was in response to comments by Japan’s chief government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, that the seizure undermined the 1972 joint communique that normalized ties between Japan and China, and in which Beijing agreed to renounce “its demand for war reparation from Japan”, the report said.

The Shanghai Maritime Court detained a Japanese ship, Baosteel Emotion, owned by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines on Saturday, to repay a Chinese firm for rent and losses dating back to the 1930s, the report said. 

“As a commercial lawsuit, the enforcement of the verdict was carried out at the request of the plaintiff. It is unrelated to wartime compensation,” Qin said.

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