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Abe, Biden lean on China to drop air defence zone
Publication Date : 04-12-2013
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting US Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday agreed to urge China to eliminate its newly established air defence identification zone that includes airspace over the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture. They held talks in Tokyo and released a joint statement on the day.
During the talks, Abe and Biden reaffirmed that they would never tolerate China’s one-sided attempt to change the status quo in the East China Sea, and would continue to cooperate closely to deal with the issue based on the strong alliance between Japan and the United States. They also reiterated that both countries were in accord over their responses to China’s demand that aircraft entering the zone submit fight plans in advance. The government is asking Japanese airlines not to accept China’s demand, but the US government allowed commercial airlines to inform China of their flights in the ADIZ.
Abe said at a joint press conference, “We will never tolerate any move to threaten the safety of commercial airlines.”
Biden said the United States was deeply concerned about Chinese ADIZ. “This action has raised regional tensions and increased the risk of accidents and miscalculation,” he said.