Japan, China to resume gas field talks
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Posted 5/22/11 , edited 5/22/11
Japan, China to resume gas field talks

The foreign ministers of Japan and China have agreed to resume talks on the development of gas fields in the East China Sea as soon as possible.

The talks were suspended after last year's collisions between a Chinese trawler and Japanese patrol boats near the Senkaku Islands, which are near the gas project sites.

Takeaki Matsumoto told Yang Jiechi in Tokyo on Sunday that Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao had greatly promoted bilateral ties by visiting the disaster-hit prefectures of Miyagi and Fukushima in northeastern Japan.

Matsumoto said Wen told Prime Minister Naoto Kan at the meeting that China will work constructively with Japan for the 2 countries' future.

Matsumoto said Japan hopes to resume the talks as soon as possible.

Yang said China maintains that it will implement the development projects for gas fields in the East China Sea once the leaders of China and Japan have reached an agreement. He said he wants to work with Japan to restart the talks.

Matsumoto said the Senkaku Islands are an integral part of Japan and no territorial issue exists between Japan and China.

Yang said the islands are under China's sovereignty.

Sunday, May 22, 2011 17:16 +0900 (JST)

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