Japan protests Chinese gas development in East China Sea


Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday that Japan has been protesting China’s construction of new gas field development facilities in the East China Sea since June 2013.

“We have repeatedly protested against China’s unilateral gas development and have urged China to stop it,” Suga said of the facilities, which are near the Japan-proposed boundary between the two countries’ exclusive economic zones.

Japan and China have not agreed on a boundary in the East China Sea where their 200-mile EEZs overlap. While Japan has proposed a median line in the overlapping zone, China insists on a wider Chinese EEZ.

  • boonteetan

    To Japanese, Chinese unilateral gas field development in East Sea seems tantamount to intrusion. To Chinese, they are just watering their own garden, no need to get alarmed. Uncompromising?

  • timefox

    China is to make an artificial island in the South China Sea , an artificial island and territory , claiming the high seas and high airs near as something of China . The same thing with this, we have done in the East China Sea . But gas oil field development . Japanese government in order to counter the invasion of China , should continue to improve the defense capability of Japan .