China started extracting resources in disputed waters – Japan

The Japanese government has lodged a diplomatic protest after learning that China has started extracting resources in a disputed territory in East China Sea. “We are protesting with the Chinese side through a diplomatic channel,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in a press briefing Wednesday as quoted by Agence France-Presse.

“It is extremely regrettable that the Chinese side – has unilaterally gone ahead with the development while the border has not yet been settled,” the Japanese government official added.

In a press briefing today, China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said oil and gas development activities are being done within the jurisdiction of China and not in disputed waters. He added that Japan must not make irresponsible remarks.

Meanwhile, security bills seen to allow the Japanese Self-Defense Forces to engage in armed conflicts overseas have passed the committee level in the upper house of Japanese national Diet, and will now move to plenary. While opposition lawmakers are expected to delay the vote at a House of Councillors panel.