China appears to be constructing to be gas-drilling platforms in the East China Sea. Photo: Xinhua
China appears to be constructing to be gas-drilling platforms in the East China Sea. Photo: Xinhua

East China Sea tensions: Will fresh Sino-Japan talks over Beijing’s gas drilling end in deadlock again?

  • Senior Japanese diplomat Takehiro Funakoshi, to meet Hong Liang, who oversees Beijing’s border and ocean affairs, in first high-level contact on the issue in months
  • ‘Little likelihood’ of either backing down, ahead of the CCP’s National Congress and Japan’s July election for Upper House of the Diet

China appears to be constructing to be gas-drilling platforms in the East China Sea. Photo: Xinhua
China appears to be constructing to be gas-drilling platforms in the East China Sea. Photo: Xinhua
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