Japan Asks China to Make Progress on Joint Gas Development Deal

From Bloomberg:

’s Foreign Minister concluded a three-day visit to Beijing today after calling on China to move to the “next stage” on an agreement to jointly develop gas fields in the .

Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura left for Tokyo after asking Chinese officials to formalize details of the gas development deal, Kazuo Kodama, press secretary for Japan’s Foreign Ministry, told reporters in Beijing late yesterday. Komura, who arrived Aug. 16, attended some Olympic events and met yesterday with State Councilor Dai Bingguo, China’s highest ranking official responsible for foreign relations.

“Two months have passed since the announcement of the basic agreement,” Kodama said. “Now we should move forward to conclude an international agreement to put this accord into action.”

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