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US Vice President Joe Biden warned China on Thursday against escalating a dispute over an East China Sea air zone, adding that regional peace and stability were in Beijing's interests. China's controversial move last month to declare an "air defence identification zone" (ADIZ) -- which includes islands disputed with Japan -- has "caused significant apprehension in the region", Biden told a group of 60 American business leaders Thursday morning. "As China's economy grows, its stake in regional peace and stability will continue to grow as well, because it has so much more to lose," he added. "That's why China will bear increasing responsibility to contribute positively to peace and security."
Two Algerian detainees at the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay have been repatriated, the Defense Department said Thursday, despite protest from the prisoners who feared persecution. "The Department of Defense announced on December 5 the transfer of Djamel Saiid Ali Ameziane and Bensayah Belkecem from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Government of Algeria," after a review "which examined a number of factors, including security issues," a statement said. "The United States coordinated with the Government of Algeria to ensure these transfers took place with appropriate security and humane treatment assurances," it added. The transfers are part of President Barack Obama's ongoing, but much delayed, efforts to meet his vow to shutter the US detention center in Cuba, where more than 160 "war on terror" suspects still linger nearly 12 years after it was opened.