South Korea and China agree to submit a joint maritime claim against Japan
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  • According to reports, both South Korea and China have recently agreed to submit a joint claim to an extended portion of continental shelf to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. They have apparently made this move to counter Japan’s increasing assertiveness in the maritime area. It is worth noting that both the states submitted their respective preliminary reports in May 2009, arguing that their continental shelves stretch to the Okinawa Trough in the East China Sea, which is known for rich reserves of natural gas and oil. 1