China says no one can carry out oil, gas activities in Chinese waters without Beijing's permission
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that no country, organisation, company or individual can carry out oil and gas exploration or exploitation in Chinese waters without permission from Beijing.
Ministry spokesman Lu Kang made the comment at a regular news briefing when asked about recent drilling by Rosneft Vietnam BV, a unit of Russian state oil firm Rosneft, in an area of the South China Sea that is claimed by China.
"We urge relevant parties to earnestly respect China's sovereign and jurisdictional rights and not do anything that could impact bilateral relations or this region's peace and stability," Lu said.
How does he define “Chinese waters”?
China's waters. In other words, South China Sea and sooner or later most of the Pacific.
Here we go! This had to happen sooner or later.
This area is more than thousands miles away Chinese coastline. How could it be Chinese water?
When asked what was included in their "sovereign waters", Kang said "the Pacific".
If any organization, company or individual wants to carry out oil and gas exploration within 12 nautical miles of China's coast, indeed would need Beijing's permission.