TOKYO - Japan and China are expected to resume talks on their competing
claims to gas reserves in the East China Sea early next year, according to a
talks are likely to be held sometime after mid-January, Kyodo News agency
reported late Saturday. The report quoted unnamed diplomatic officials.
The bilateral talks were last held in July in Beijing. Japanese Prime
Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Hu Jintao have agreed to continue a
dialogue on the issue during their first summit meeting in Beijing in October.
Abe took office in late September.
Both countries claim rights to undersea resources in the waters. Tokyo has
proposed joint exploration, but China has refused and went ahead with its own
Officials at the Japanese Foreign Ministry were not available for comment
Sunday. An official of the Chinese Foreign Ministry could not immediately
confirm the report.