China, Japan negotiate East China Sea pact

Japan and China will proceed with joint exploration for natural gas in the disputed East China Sea, but further negotiation is scheduled on China's continued unilateral activity in those waters.

Eric Watkins
Oil Diplomacy Editor

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13 -- Japan and China will proceed with joint exploration for natural gas in the disputed East China Sea, but further negotiation is scheduled on China's continued unilateral activity in those waters.

Last June, the two sides agreed to explore jointly one area of the East China Sea, while continuing talks over development of two natural gas fields, Kashi and Kusunoki.

Earlier this month, Japan said it "cannot accept" China's development of the Tianwaitian (or Kashi as it is known in Japanese) gas field (OGJ Online, Jan. 5, 2009).

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