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China seizes Japanese cargo ship over pre-war debt

21 April 2014 Last updated at 16:01 BST

China's seizure of a Japanese cargo ship over a pre-war debt could hit business ties, Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga has warned.

Shanghai Maritime Court said it had seized the Baosteel Emotion, owned by Mitsui OSK Lines, on Saturday.

It said the seizure related to unpaid compensation for two Chinese ships leased in 1936.

Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports.

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