Zhao Yan was mistaken for a drug smuggler and received bruises to her face during her arrest at the U.S.-Canada border in 2004.
Donald Trump should take note as China pushes to become the world's largest economy with investment in innovative, renewable energy policies.
The move is likely to anger China after a detente between Trump and President Xi Jinping following a meeting in Mar-a-Lago.
Trump and Xi will both be seeking to protect their images as well as their economies in any trade discussion.
Donald Trump earlier accused China of stealing the vessel.
Cui Tiankai said China and the U.S. needed to work to strengthen their relationship.