Japan, China dispute drilling in area of E. China Sea

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has called for dialogue between Japan and China to help settle their growing disagreement over oil and gas drilling rights in disputed waters of the East China Sea.“The Chinese and Japanese positions differ on that matter, but we need to continue talks from a big point of view-without inflaming conflicts and to turn the sea of conflict into a sea of coordination,” Koizumi said Apr. 14.The Japanese prime minister’s remarks followed an earlier protest by a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman who accused Japan of a “serious provocation to the rights of China” by granting two Japanese firms rights to drill for oil and gas ...

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