US Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday China's air zone had caused "significant apprehension" and Beijing needed to reduce Asia-Pacific tensions to protect its growing stake in regional peace and stability. Biden, speaking to about 60 US business leaders in the Chinese capital, expressed alarm over the country's move to expand its military influence in the skies over the East China Sea, and said he discussed the issue during more than four hours of talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. "China's recent and sudden announcement of the establishment of a new air defence identification zone has, to state the obvious, caused significant apprehension in the region," Biden said. China declared last month that it had established an air defence identification zone (ADIZ), over an area off its southeast coast that includes a group of islands disputed with Japan.
By Michael Martina BEIJING (Reuters) - China's new air defense identification zone over the East China Sea has caused "significant" unease in the region, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday, adding he had stated Washington's firm objection to the move during talks in Beijing. Biden had around five hours of discussions with President Xi Jinping on Wednesday, with both leaders laying out their perspective on an issue that has rattled East Asia. In response, China's Foreign Ministry said Biden had been told the zone accorded with international law and that the United States should respect it.