Tokyo protests Chinese drilling in East China Sea: press
Japan has lodged a protest with Beijing after confirming that China installed drilling equipment in a prospective gas field in the East China Sea, NHK reported on June 21. This is part of the area that the two countries agreed preliminarily to jointly develop in 2008.
A treaty on the joint development has yet to be signed, NHK said, but China has been pushing ahead with development on its own, including setting up structures in the waters near an intermediate line between the countries.
Funakoshi Takehiro, who heads the Japanese foreign ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, called China's unilateral development "extremely regrettable."
Funakoshi urged Beijing to respect the 2008 agreement and return to the negotiating table to work out a joint development treaty, NHK reported.