Friday, 24 September 2010

Law of the Sea - Continental Shelf
State Responsibility - Countermeasure

Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada alleged that China had brought a machine resembling an excavator to the Chunxiao gas fields in the East China Sea. China said the machine was for repair work, and Japan apparently did not believe that China had begun drilling in the gas field. Meanwhile, a Chinese FM spokeswoman maintained that China has full sovereign rights over the Chunxiao oil and gas field, and that China had "sent marine surveillance ships to strengthen law enforcement in Chinese related waters to protect maritime rights and interests". Japan's PM Naoto Kan reportedly began considering specific countermeasures to be taken in the event China commences drilling at Chunxiao. Possible countermeasures include a plan for Japan to conduct its own test drilling in the sea near the Chinese offshore facility under development at the gas field,

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