China again demands Japan free detained activists

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Posted: Aug 16, 2012 3:42 AM

BEIJING (Reuters) - China demanded again on Thursday that Japan free a group Chinese activists arrested for landing on a disputed island in the East China Sea.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun in a telephone call with a Japanese Foreign Ministry official "again made solemn representations and protests regarding Japan's illegal detention of Chinese nationals and their vessel", the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Zhang also "urged that Japan immediately and unconditionally release the people and the vessel", the statement added.

(Reporting by Chris Buckley; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Nick Macfie)