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Background: Conflicts in East China Sea

05-20-2010 10:14 BJT

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China and Japan have long disputed exploration rights in the East China Sea. In the past month, there have been several border conflicts.

In April, China's naval forces carried out a routine drill in the East China Sea. Japan complained to China that a military helicopter had flown too close to a Japanese naval vessel. Japanese media alleged that two Chinese submarines and eight destroyers had been spotted circling Japan's self-claimed Okinotori coral reefs.

China later defended its exercises, saying its ships did not violate international laws and posed no threat to any other country. This was agreed by Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada.

On May the 4th, Japan released dialogue between a Chinese oceanographic research vessel and a Japanese oceanographic cutter. It showed that the Chinese ship had driven out the Japanese vessel from China's exclusive economic zone the day before. Japan protested China's behavior, but China said it was executing the law normally.

Two days later, Japan warned a Taiwan fishery research vessel about 325 kilometers off one of its islands. Taiwan responded immediately that its was in China's exclusive economic area, and would not withdraw.

Other disputes have also occurred, including over the exploration of the Chunxiao Oil and Gas Field and the Diaoyu Islands.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CCTV.com

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