China De­fends Gas­field Ac­tiv­ity in East China Sea

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Bei­jing: China on Wed­nes­day de­fended its oil and gas ac­tiv­ity in the East China Sea as oc­cur­ring in ar­eas “in­dis­putably” un­der its ju­ris­dic­tion, af­ter Ja­panese protests stirred a long­stand­ing dis­pute over the re­gion. The two coun­tries both claim is­lands in the East China Sea con­trolled by Ja­pan, which knows them as Senkaku, and reg­u­larly send ships to nearby wa­ters to as­sert their claims amid re­peated diplo­matic clashes. Talks between Tokyo and Bei­jing be­gun in June 2008 to co­op­er­ate over oil and gas re­sources in the area broke down two years later amid ris­ing ten­sions, and have not re­sumed. Yes­ter­day, Ja­pan’s top gov­ern­ment spokesper­son Yoshi­hide Suga told re­porters it was “ex­tremely re­gret­table that China is uni­lat­er­ally con­tin­u­ing its de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­ity” by stop­ping mo­bile drilling ships near the me­dian line sep­a­rat­ing the two coun­tries’ ex­clu­sive eco-

nomic zones. AFP

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