Date
25 July 2017
This photo released by Japan purports to show Chinese dredging vessels in the East China Sea. Photo: Reuters
This photo released by Japan purports to show Chinese dredging vessels in the East China Sea. Photo: Reuters

Beijing blasts Tokyo over photos of Chinese oil platforms

Japan is undermining chances for a peaceful dialogue with China over their territorial dispute by releasing pictures of Chinese construction activity in the East China Sea, according to the foreign ministry in Beijing.

China is accusing Japan of provocation by publishing the pictures, saying these are “not constructive at all to the management of the East China Sea situation”.

Earlier, Tokyo demanded Beijing stop building oil and gas exploration platforms close to disputed waters, saying the drilling could tap reservoirs that extend into Japan’s waters.

But China’s foreign ministry said the country has every right to develop oil and gas resources in waters not in dispute that fall under its jurisdiction, Reuters reports.

In 2012, Tokyo angered Beijing by buying a disputed, uninhabited island chain in the East China Sea.

Until then, Beijing had curtailed activities under a pact with Japan to jointly develop undersea resources in disputed areas.

China’s position on the pact remained unchanged and it is willing to maintain communication with Japan on related issues, the foreign ministry said.

“The key is for Japan to create favorable environment and conditions to implement this consensus,” it said, referring to the pact.

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