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China’s behaviour over air defence zone ‘unsettling’, says US

Tom Phillips and Julian Ryall
London Telegraph [1]
November 27, 2013

China’s implementation of a newly-declared air defence zone has “unsettled” its neighbours, US says, with Joe Biden to convey message during visit next week.

Joe Biden, the US [2] vice-president, will convey Washington’s “concerns” toChina [3] about its newly-declared air defence zone during an upcoming visit, according to senior officials.

Mr Biden’s visit to China next week comes days after the US flew two B-52 bombers through the zone, which has been implemented over islands it disputes with Japan.

Although Mr Biden aims to de-escalate tensions in the region, a White House official said he will tell Chinese policy makers that “there’s an emerging pattern of behaviour that is unsettling to China’s own neighbours, and raising questions about how China operates in international space and how China deals with areas of disagreement with its neighbours.”

Full story here. [1]