U.S. Vice President Biden to convey U.S. concerns on air defense zone with AbeUpdated: 2013-12-04 AM 10:16:47 (KST)
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Tuesday where security issues surrounding the Asia-Pacific region topped the agenda.
With Japan on edge over China's controversial new air defense zone, Biden set out to reassure Abe that the U.S.-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of U.S. security.
He also called for better cooperation between Washington and its allies in Asia, namely Japan and Korea.
With regard to the Chinese defense zone, Biden said he would bring up the matter when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing later this week.
Prior to landing in Tokyo, the first stop of his week-long trip to Northeast Asia Biden said in an interview with the Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun that the U.S. remains deeply concerned about the current tensions in the region.
In response to the U.S. vice president's comments, China's foreign ministry spokesperson pointed the finger back at Japan.
"We have proposed that China and Japan should enhance communication and dialogue to properly solve the issue of flight safety in the overlapping zone. We have demonstrated our sincerity, but when it comes to dialogue, Japan has kept its door closed."
The spokesman added that more than 20 countries have drawn up air defense zones, and that China's recent announcement was made to safeguard national sovereignty and ensure air space safety.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.
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