BEIJING (Kyodo) Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi reiterated to Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada during their weekend meeting that Beijing has sovereignty over the disputed gas field it is developing in the East China Sea, according to Beijing.

Okada told Yang during a meeting in Tokyo on Sunday that Japan will take countermeasures if China begins gas production in the Chunxiao gas field, known as Shirakaba in Japan, arguing such action is a violation of a 2008 agreement to jointly explore the gas resources in the East China Sea.

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