BEIJING (AP) — China has rejected Japanese protests over alleged improper exploration of gas deposits in the East China Sea.
The Foreign Ministry said Friday the recent activity had taken place within Chinese-controlled waters and was completely normal. A ministry statement said China was strongly dissatisfied with recent comments from Japanese officials.
Japan’s chief Cabinet secretary on Wednesday said Japan protested to China after a flare was seen a day earlier at a Chinese structure at an undersea gas deposit.
The deposit, known as Kashi in Japan and Tianwaitian in China, sits near a median line in the countries’ overlapping exclusive economic zones.
Japan and China agreed in 2008 to suspend unilateral exploration in that field while continuing talks.
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