Date
16 August 2017

China air defense zone in focus at Biden-Abe talks, SCMP says

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said over the weekend that he will discuss China’s air defence identification zone with US Vice-President Joe Biden in Tokyo to coordinate their stance, the South China Morning Post reported on Sunday. China raised regional tensions with its declaration last weekend of the zone, which covers islands in the East China Sea at the centre of a dispute between Beijing and Tokyo. Aircraft traversing the area are required to submit their flight plans. Tokyo has stopped Japanese airlines from submitting flight plans to Beijing, but Washington said on Friday that it generally expects US carriers to “operate consistent with” notification policies issued by foreign countries. “We want to hold consultation with US Vice-President Biden who will visit Japan this week and deal with the matter by coordinating closely,” Abe was quoted as saying. 

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