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East China Sea Regional Analysis Brief - September 2012

Though underexplored, the East China Sea may have abundant oil and natural gas resources. Both China and Japan are interested in extracting hydrocarbon resources, especially natural gas, from the East China Sea to help meet domestic demand. However, unresolved territorial disputes regarding the China/Japan sea boundary and sovereignty over several contested islands continue to hinder exploration and development in the area.                                         

For more information on the East China Sea, visit http://www.eia.gov/countries/regions-topics.cfm?fips=ECS&trk=p3

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