Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government was urged by the Japan’s ruling party on Wednesday to mirror the Philippines’ action by seeking international arbitration over the drilling activities of Beijing in the disputed East China Sea, Reuters reported.
The Philippines has submitted a case to an arbitration court in The Hague about its territorial dispute with China over the South China Sea. China refuses to participate in the arbitration.
China and Japan have been sparring over a group of uninhabited East China Sea islets, known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan. The archipelago has been controlled by Japan since 1895, but in 1970 when evidence relating to the existence of oil reserves surfaced, China also lay claims to the islands.
Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) resolution calls on Abe’s government to consider taking the case to an international arbitration court and to firmly ask China for the prompt resumption of talks on the drilling issue.
“If China shrugs off the request, some action must be taken,” Yoshiaki Harada, head of an LDP panel on resources development in the East China Sea, told reporters.
“Everyone has agreed that we should not shy away from taking the matter to an international arbitration court and starting preparation for that step should be considered,” Harada said.
He said that in recent years, there has been no bilateral dialogue on resources development in the East China Sea despite repeated calls from Japan for resuming such talks.