Watching the World - Japan, China dispute field

As everyone knows, Japan and China are racing neck and neck to secure ever greater supplies of oil and natural gas to keep their economies from sputtering. But the race is getting a little ill-tempered out in the East China Sea, where both Asian giants claim territorial rights to Chunxiao gas field. Chinese warships recently surrounded a Norwegian survey vessel hired by Japan to stop it from entering the area, and with gunboats from both sides now on patrol, there are concerns that things could worsen. Differing viewsThe situation was bad enough last autumn, when the countries emerged with widely differing views of talks held Oct. 25 that aimed at resolving a maritime boundary dispute aff...

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