Japan protests at China gas move – BBC

Drillingap203 From BBC NEWS: has lodged a new protest against China’s drilling for gas near a disputed part of the .

Trade Minister Shoichi Nakagawa said he had information that a Chinese consortium was laying pipes to prepare to tap the area’s huge gas resources.

“We have protested to the Chinese government through diplomatic channels but we have not received any satisfactory reply,” he said.

The move comes at a sensitive time for already strained Japan-China relations.

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