EcoAlert: Japan/China Tensions Rise Over Oil & Gas Resources of a Remote Island Chain



Anti-Japan protests erupted in at least 100 Chinese cities this week, as anger over a struggle for control of oil and gas in the East China Sea turned violent, and increased the tension between the countries.

The flash point is a dispute over a remote island chain known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, lying east of China and south-west of Japan. The US granted the archipelago to Japan after World War Two, but China claims aa prior ownership. Japan recently purchased several of the islands back from a private Japanese owner, and their nationalization has triggered the anger in China.

The East China Sea is rich in oil and gas reserves, many of which have only been discovered in recent decades. Both China and Japan are both eager to claim ownership as the energy demand grow rapidly.

The Daily Galaxy via Reuters News


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