Wednesday, December 29, 2010
East China Sea Oil & Gas Negotiation/Diaoyu-II
Since 2004, both Japan and China have negotiated oil/gas development issue in the East China Sea (regarding this history see chapter 9 in China and Japan at Odds: Deciphering the Perpetual Conflict for Posterity, edited by Jamese C. Hsiung, 2007). Finally, on June 18, two superpowers in the East Asian region finally settled the oil/gas development in the East China. Two major points in this agreement: (1) both countries agreed to jointly explored a 2,700-square-kilometer area south of the Longjing oil field, stretching across the Japanese-claimed median line. (2) Regarding Chunxiao gas field, which the Chinese have already operated for years, Beijing welcomed investment by Japanese corporations in the project in accordance with Chinese laws. However, the sovereignty issue of the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands and the demarcation of the international boundary in the East China Sea, such as the Japanese-claimed median line and the Chinese-claimed natural prolongation line (in details see sovereign Right and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations), have been shelved. In Japan, people have a little interest regarding this issue. Yet, it is different story in China. At the same day of the announcement by both governments, 15 Chinese protesters demonstrated in front of the Japanese embassy in Beijing and more than 500 peoples demonstrated in the Changsha, Hunan Province, in the business district. They shout, "We oppose signing any agreement over the East China Sea with Japan!" In the following date of the agreement announcement, Vice-ministry Wu Dawei, had to come out to explain the agreement that is not selling out our sovereignty of the Chinese territory. That is, the Beijing regime cannot ignore the minority of the public opinion domestically anymore during this global society. In other words, China is walking into democratic society day by day!!