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China slams Japan for resolution on airspace zone

Published on Dec 6, 2013 5:20 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's Foreign Ministry criticised Japan's lower house of parliament on Friday for passing a resolution demanding that Beijing scrap its air defence zone over the East China Sea, saying Japan had no right to "talk nonsense".

China's decision last month to declare an air defence identification zone in an area that includes islands at the heart of a territorial dispute with Japan has triggered protests from the United States and its close allies Japan and South Korea.

Japanese lawmakers adopted a resolution protesting China's"reckless and risky measures" and said they would never accept the Chinese government's "unilateral attempts to change the status quo."

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters at a daily briefing that China had every right to establish its East China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone, which it said was a reasonable and legal thing to do. "On this issue, Japan has no right to talk nonsense, and China resolutely opposes this. What Japan should be doing at the moment is to stop these kinds of wrong actions, stop quibbling and stop its provocations," Mr Hong said.

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