Japan-China Oil Dispute Escalates – Anthony Faiola

From the Washington Post:

China has completed at least one new drilling platform in the East China Sea and may already be tapping into hotly contested natural gas and oil fields, escalating a dispute with Japan over the rights to billions of dollars worth of underwater energy reserves, according to Japanese reconnaissance data.

The Chinese action, Japanese officials charge, has aggravated a potential flash point in East Asia even as diplomatic relations between Tokyo and Beijing languish. The increasingly uneasy relationship between East Asia’s two dominant countries also includes territorial disputes and a heated row over Japan’s perceived lack of repentance for World War II-era aggression.

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