일본과 중국이 영유권 분쟁을 빚어온 동중국해에서 천연가스를 공동개발해 이익을 나눠 갖기로 합의했다고 일본의 교도통신이 보도했습니다.

교도통신은 중국과 일본간의 회담에 정통한 소식통을 인용해
, 양국이 이르면 이번주 이같은 합의를 발표할 것이라고 보도했습니다.

일본 정부 대변인은 양국간에 협상이 진행되고 있다고 확인했으나 구체적인 합의 내용은 아직 확정되지 않았다고 밝혔습니다
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중국 외교부는 교도통신의 보도에 관해 언급하지 않았습니다
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A Japanese media report says Japan and China have reached a compromise and agreed to jointly develop gas fields and share profits in disputed areas of the East China Sea.

A Kyodo news agency report today (Monday) cites sources close to the ongoing talks who say the two sides are expected to announce the deal as early as this week.

A spokesman for the Japanese government confirmed today that a deal was in the works, but says details of the deal are still being finalized.

China's Foreign Ministry did not have any immediate comment on the reported deal.

The two countries' long-standing debate over exploration rights in an overlapping economic zone in the East China Sea has strained diplomatic ties between them for years.