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US "very direct" in voicing firm objection to China's air defence zone: Biden

Published on Dec 5, 2013 2:15 PM
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The United States has been "very direct" in voicing its firm objection over China's air defence zone in the East China Sea which has caused significant unease in the region, visiting US Vice-President Joe Biden (above) said here on Thursday, Dec 5, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING - The United States has been "very direct" in voicing its firm objection over China's air defence zone in the East China Sea which has caused significant unease in the region, visiting US vice-president Joe Biden said here on Thursday.

But the US leader also put the controversy in a broader context, acknowledging the rising global stature of the world's second largest economy, during a meeting with American business leaders on Thursday morning.

He believes that as China’s economy grows, its stake in regional security will grow too, because China will have more to lose. “That’s why China will bear increasing responsibility to contribute positively to peace and security," said Mr Biden.

Mr Biden, who had conveyed Washington’s concerns over China's Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) in his close-door meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday, is expected to have raised the issue when he met with Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday morning though it was absent in their opening remarks.

 
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