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China has set up a new drilling facility for gas fields in a contested area of the East China Sea, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said Monday, despite Tokyo’s repeated calls on Beijing to halt its unilateral resource development program there.

The facility is located on the Chinese side of a Tokyo-proposed median line separating the countries’ exclusive economic zones in the sea, the ministry said, adding it has lodged a protest with the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo.

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