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China's Parliament: Japan has 'no right to criticise' air defence zone

Published on Dec 8, 2013 12:08 AM
A map of the Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea is displayed during a press conference in Taipei on December 2, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP 

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Parliament has declared that Japan has no right to criticise the establishment of a Chinese air defence zone, which it said was in accordance with international law, state media reported on Saturday.

Japan, South Korea and their ally the United States have all protested at 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 between Beijing and Tokyo.

China's National People's Congress firmly opposes the so-called resolution passed by Japan's lower house of parliament, said Xinhua, citing a statement by the congress.

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

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