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Japan tells China to 'see reality' and 'accept' world's concerns over air zone

Published on Dec 16, 2013 1:51 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan called on China Monday to see "reality" and "accept" there are widespread international concerns over Beijing's controversial air defence zone.

The comment by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's right-hand man came after China singled out Japan for criticism when 11 Asian countries stressed the importance of freedom of overflight at a summit in Tokyo, in a move seen as targeting Beijing.

"We think China should see the reality that many countries in the international community share concerns about the Air Defence Identification Zone and seriously accept it," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a regular briefing.

A joint statement by Japan and leaders of Asean "agreed to enhance cooperation in ensuring freedom of overflight and civil aviation safety".

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