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Chinese Fishing Boat Captain Released By Japanese, Reactions

Chinese fishing boat captain Zhan Qixiong arrives in China on a government chartered plane after being detained 17 days in Japan.

Chinese fishing boat captain Zhan Qixiong arrives in China on a government chartered plane after being detained 17 days in Japan.

From NetEase:

Chinese fishing boat captain returns to the country 17 days after being captured and arrested by the Japanese

September 25 morning, Zhan Qixiong, the fishing boat captain that was illegally arrested by the Japanese in the waters around Diaoyu Island, returned to Fuzhou aboard a flight chartered by the Chinese government. Zhan Qixiong emotionally said, “To be able to safely return, I really thank the Party, the government, and the people of my country for their concern for me.”

Chinese fishing boat captain Zhan Qixiong arrives in China on a government chartered plane after being detained 17 days in Japan.

September 25th, Zhan Qixiong boards the Chinese government chartered plan to return to Fuzhou, China, making a “victory” sign in front of the cabin door.That morning, 17 days after being captured and arrested by the Japanese in the waters around Diaoyu Islands, the Chinese fishing boat captaign Zhan Qixiong traveled by Chinese government chartered plane safely back to Fuzhou.

Chinese fishing boat captain Zhan Qixiong on a government chartered plane returning to China after being detained 17 days in Japan.

September 25th, 1:12am, escorted by a joint task-force organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Department of Agriculture, Chinese fishing boat captain Zhan Qixiong boards a Chinese government chartered airplane to return to the country. Zhan Qixiong emotionally said, “To be able to safely return, I really thank the Party, the government, and the people of my country for their concern for me.”

Chinese fishing boat captain Zhan Qixiong arrives in China on a government chartered plane after being detained 17 days in Japan.

September 25th, 4am, the Chinese fishing boat captain Zhan Qixiong (front) steps off the Chinese government chartered plane, safely returning to Fuzhou. Zhan Qixiong said, “The Japanese capturing and arresting me is illegal. Diaoyu Islands is Chinese territory, I strongly support the government’s position.”

Chinese fishing boat captain Zhan Qixiong reunited with family after being detained 17 days in Japan.

September 25th, Zhan Qixiong (front right) reunited with his wife and son who came to welcome him back. At 4am that day, the Chinese fishing boat captain Zhan Qixiong who was captured and arrested by the Japanese safely returned to Fuzhou on a Chinese government chartered plane. After the cabin door was opened, Zhan Qixiong quickly got ff the plane and tightly embraced his relatives who were waiting at the airport holding flowers. He returned with a task force comprised of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of Agriculture, and other relevant department staff.

Chinese fishing boat captain Zhan Qixiong arrives in China on a government chartered plane after being detained 17 days in Japan.

September 25th, Zhan Qixiong (left) shaking hands with staff waiting at the airport. That day, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Hu Zhengyue and Fujian Vice Governor Hong Jiexu waited at the airport to receive/welcome back.

Chinese fishing boat captain Zhan Qixiong arrives in China on a government chartered plane after being detained 17 days in Japan.

September 25th, Zhan Qixiong (front right) leaves the chartered plane accompanied by his wife, son, and relevant staff. Japan’s Okinawa Naha district prosecutor’s office decided on the 24th to release and return while the right to still prosecute the captured and arrested Chinese fishing boat captain Zhan Qixiong. While responding to reporters’ questions on the 24th, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Jiang Yu reiterated that any so-called legal proceedings carried out by the Japanese against the Chinese fishing boat captain are illegal and invalid.

Comments from NetEase:

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网易浙江嘉兴网友:

Have we won?
He should never have been arrested/detained for even a day, and to think that they only released him after 17 days!

网易欧洲网友:

Japanese are a people who deserve a beating. Whoever dares to treat it arrogantly, unreasonably, roughly, and imposingly is whoever it will fear. Let’s set aside that Japan fears American because America has defeated Japan before and just talk about Russia, whom Japan also fears greatly. The reason is because Russia, during the Soviet Union period, was very ruthless resulting Japan having a lingering fear of Russia to this day. Therefore, the strategy with Japan must be: Sometimes, Japan must be given a taste of the stick, and not always give it the carrot.

网易上海徐汇网友:

[I] really do not understand how you guys can be happy [about this], the rest I won’t say, as saying it would be useless, and unable to be posted~

网易陕西西安网友:

Bastards who don’t know what is good for them, now they’ve been put in their place. Little Japan, remember that it is no longer 1937’s September 18th. [This netizen is confused, “918” was in 1931, but the war is officially 1937.]

网易山东济宁网友:

Little devils remember: The Chinese people will never compromise on issues of territorial sovereignty!

网易福建厦门网友:

[I] welcome the hero home.

网易山东网友:

In the past, I used to feel pride in being Chinese, but today, I feel ashamed!

网易中国网友:

Would being more low-key kill [you, Zhan Qixiong]? Even making “victory” signs, idiot!

网易天津网友:

Well-done Big Brother Zhan (even though I am older than you)! Let’s go [to the Diaoyu Islands] again next time, because in our territory, we go where we please, not afraid of those Japanese dogs’ bullshit ships. Tell me when you will set sail next time? We’ll go together!!

网易广东广州网友:

This kind of person should not be brought back. What kind of hero is so obviously shameless, going off causing trouble hitting other people’s ships. Can’t you be patriotic in a more civilized manner? Such an embarrassment and you still have the face to come back.

网易浙江温州网友:

How can this kind of person be called a hero? Some netizens’ comments are truly disgusting.

网易四川网友:

Have the author and editor been confused by their anger, even confusing “detained” with “arrested”, one [Chinese] character of difference, but one large difference in connotation! Better carefully review before publishing because, after all, you are the mainstream media, you shouldn’t make stupid mistakes! When Jackie Chan says something wrong and the media and Chinese people don’t approve/agree, at least he dares to come out and face it. What about NetEase then? It should apologize to the people even more!

网易浙江宁波网友:

This is a hero? Arrested by little Japan for 10 days? And he’s still happy? Truly without integrity. Sigh, a national tragedy.

网易火星网友:

Japanese products have good quality, so what if I buy them, I like to use good things. The country [China] has nothing to do with me, corrupt officials running wild everywhere, what use is me being patriotic as one person? A fishing boat captain detained for 17 days was released, would you guys still celebrate if your family member was unjustly detained for 17 days? And rejoicing so exuberantly? Truly a country where there are more SB than normal people.

网易福建莆田网友:

Normal posts are all deleted. [Yet] SB posts all get approved.

网易山东青岛网友:

From beginning to end, I didn’t see how this embarrassed Japan. Nor did I see how they were taught a lesson…[everyone here is just] YYing on their own…

网易浙江温州网友:

The captain is wearing a new shirt, the creases from the folds are still there.

Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

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