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US says in closed-door talks with China that it doesn't recognise air defence zone

Published on Dec 5, 2013 11:58 AM
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United States (US) Vice-President Joe Biden (right) introduces his delegation members to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang before heading to their meeting at the Zhongnanhai diplomatic compound in Beijing on Dec 5, 2013. Not a word was made publicly about China's controversial air defence zone, but behind closed-doors, Mr Biden told Mr Xi in detail that the US does not recognise the move and wants it to take steps to lower tensions. -- PHOTO: AFP  

Not a word was made publicly about China's controversial air defence zone, but behind closed-doors, visiting US Vice-President Joe Biden told Chinese President Xi Jinping in detail that the United States does not recognise the move and wants it to take steps to lower tensions.

In response, Mr Xi laid out "a comprehensive case" for China's Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) that was launched on Nov 23 in the East China Sea and overlaps with similar zones of neighbours like Japan and South Korea.

Senior US officials revealed to reporters the contents of discussions between the two who spent a total of five and a half hours over two bilateral meetings and a dinner on Wednesday, discussing wide-ranging issues such as North Korea and China's recent policy summit that has pledged economic and social reforms over the next decade.

"They obviously spoke about the air defence identification zone and about the broader regional issues that are implicated in that (zone) in the East China Sea and in the South China Sea," said officials in a transcript released late Wednesday night by the White House.

 
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