Chinese officials said “It was illegal for the Japanese coast guard vessels to interfere with, chase, block, surround and seize the Chinese fishing boat in the seas off the Diaoyu islands,” Ma Zhaoxu, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, said.
“This so-called video cannot alter the truth of the matter, and cannot disguise the illegality of the Japanese actions.”
The collision in September near disputed isles in the East China Sea, the site of vast potential gas and oil reserves, sparked a diplomatic spat between the two Asian giants.
Japan detained the Chinese skipper of the trawler, which made him a hero in China.
Japanese prosecutors released the captain but are still technically investigating whether to charge him.