Japan, China in stalemate over maritime boundaries

Japan and China have emerged with widely differing views of the results of talks held Oct. 25 that aimed at resolving a maritime boundary dispute affecting potential natural gas rights in the East China Sea."I don't know why these discussions were even held," said Japanese Trade and Industry Minister Shoichi Nakagawa. "I don't plan to get involved in further talks that end without resolution," he told reporters Oct. 26 in Tokyo.But Chinese officials, dismissing Nakagawa's criticisms, were more favorable in their descriptions of the 9-hr bilateral discussions, held at Beijing's request."We believe this consultation is positive, and both sides have demonstrated sincerity and...

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