China developing gas in E. China Sea

Sep 18, 2015 12:00 AM

On Wednesday, Tokyo protested Beijing’s continued development of gas fields near the Japan-China median line. “We will continue to protest in an effort to prevent further development”. Japan fears that the facilities, though located on the Chinese side of the line, would tap gas fields straddling the line.

The foreign ministry posted a link to the photos on its main page and stated that the four new facilities were constructed after June 2013.

Since then, the Japanese government has spotted flares at two more gas drilling rigs, which are a telltale sign of gas production.

“China needs to abandon its unique obsolete argument, that no other countries adopt, that no international rulings have admitted – that its rights extend along the continental shelf” to near Japan’s southern Okinawa islet chain, a senior foreign ministry official told reporters on condition of anonymity.

But mobile drilling equipment has been added at one site, and pipes laid at another. During the talks, Kishida demanded that China cease “unilateral exploitation” of oil and gas fields and expressed concerns over current trends in the South China Sea, where Beijing has territorial disputes with several other countries.

In 2008, Japan and China agreed to jointly develop the resources, but negotiations have stalled since 2010. They are also at odds over the territory that is referred to as the Senkaku Islands in Japan and the Diaoyu Islands in China.

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