China, Japan and the Energy Quest in the East China Sea


In early August 2017, Japan lodged a protest with China over its gas exploration in a disputed area of the East China Sea.

Confirming the presence of a Chinese drillship close to Tokyo’s proposed median line, Japan accused China of conducting “unilateral development in the area” which remains yet to be demarcated between the two countries.

In its defence against Tokyo’s accusations, Beijing categorically pointed out that its oil and gas activities in the maritime areas in the East China Sea fall “indisputably under China’s jurisdiction,” and most importantly stated that:

Mose 2b“The so-called issue of ‘unilateral exploitation’ does not exist.”

In 2016, Japan had accused China of deploying a radar system on one of its oil platforms in the…

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