China, Japan Still Stuck On Energy Sea Spat – AFP

From AFP:

Japan and China failed to break an impasse Wednesday in a spat over lucrative gas fields in the East China Sea but agreed to keep talking amid a recent easing of tension between the countries.

Asia’s two largest economies, which are also among the world’s biggest energy importers, held their 11th round of talks since 2004 in a bid to resolve a row over their maritime boundaries.

The two nations earlier eyed a goal of working out concrete measures for joint development by late this year but the chances of a deal look slim.

“We had very serious and frank negotiations but have not yet reached an agreement,” senior foreign ministry official Kenichiro Sasae, who headed the Japanese delegation, said on the sidelines of the talks. [Full Text]

Read also China, Japan hold consultations on East China Sea issue by Xinhua.

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