Japan may take China to tribunal over disputed gas field

Japan has told China it will appeal to an international maritime court if Beijing starts gas production in a disputed field in the East China Sea, a paper said.

Japan may take China to tribunal over disputed gas field

Japan has told China it will appeal to an international maritime court if Beijing starts gas production in a disputed field in the East China Sea, a Japanese newspaper reported on Monday.

The gasfield spat is one of many issues clouding relations between the two neighbours, although ties have improved in recent years as the two economies become more intertwined.

Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada told Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi at a meeting last month that Tokyo would not shy away from appealing to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the Mainichi daily said, quoting diplomatic sources.

The two sides reached a broad agreement in 2008 on principles intended to solve the dispute by jointly developing gasfields, but progress has been slow and Japan has accused China of drilling for gas in violation of the agreement.

Tokyo objects to Chinese development of the Chunxiao gasfield in seas close to Japan's claimed boundary.

Estimated net known reserves in the disputed fields are a modest 92 million barrels of oil equivalent, but both countries have pursued the issue because there may be larger hidden reserves.

Reuters

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