South Asia and Beyond

SNG Explains: What is East China Sea Dispute

China is in a decade-long crafuffle with its neighboring countries like Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan in the region of the East China Sea. It is an unexplored, naturally rich 360 nautical miles-long stretch on which both China and Japan claim their ownership. Here China claims the disputed ocean territory as its own Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) due to its being part of China’s natural extension of its continental shelf till Okinawa trough, while Japan claims the disputed ocean territory as its own Exclusive Economic Zone because it is within 200 nautical miles from Japan’s coast.

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