News / Asia

Biden Prepares to Discuss China Defense Zone in Beijing

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrive at joint news conference following talks, Tokyo, Dec. 3, 2013.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrive at joint news conference following talks, Tokyo, Dec. 3, 2013.
VOA News
Vice President Joe Biden is preparing to head to Beijing Wednesday, following talks in Japan about China's controversial Air Defense Identification Zone, or ADIZ.
 
After meeting Tuesday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Biden told reporters the announcement of the new zone "has raised regional tension and increased the risk of accidents and miscalculations."
 
He said he intends to raise the issue of the ADIZ when he meets with Chinese leaders in Beijing.
 
In an interview in Tokyo, Biden urged both Japan and China to "establish crisis management and confidence-building measures to lower tensions." But Bonnie Glaser, a China expert at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, says that is going to be difficult right now.
 
China late last month set up its Air Defense Identification Zone, which overlaps with islands also claimed by U.S. ally Japan. Beijing has requested that all planes submit flight plans ahead of flying through the zone.
 
Speaking from Beijing, James Manicom, a research fellow at the Canada-based Center for International Governance Innovation, says China's ADIZ differs from zones imposed by other countries in one major way.
 
"They apply the zone to any aircraft that are even transiting the zone," he said, explaining that countries with similar air defense zones such as the U.S., Canada, Iceland and the UK typically apply requirements only to aircraft that intend to enter their airspace.
 
"That's the problem," he said. "It exceeds what other countries believe to be a responsible lien, if you like, on freedoms of international airspace."
 
Repeatedly rejecting the Chinese zone, the U.S. flew two unarmed B-52 bombers on "routine" training missions through the area last week, ignoring Chinese demands the aircraft identify themselves.
 
But Washington officials have recommended U.S. commercial airlines comply with China for the safety and security of passengers.
 
After visiting China on Wednesday, Biden will head to South Korea Thursday, which has also been angered by China's declared air defense zone.
 
He is expected to meet with President Park Geun-hye and visit the demilitarized zone with the North before returning to Washington.

You May Like

Video Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said To Be Improving

Experimental drugs have been tried on six people: three Westerners and now, three African pyhysicians More

Video In Ukraine, Fear and Distrust Remain Where Fighting has Stopped

As Ukrainian military reclaims control of eastern cities residents rebuild their lives, but many say everyone is being treated with suspicion More

Video In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcision

Girls learn to object; FGM practitioners face penalties from jail sentences to stiff fines More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said to Be Improvingi
X
Carol Pearson
August 19, 2014 11:43 PM
The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental treatments for Ebola patients in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak there is unprecedented, the disease deadly. The number of people who have died from Ebola has surpassed 1,200. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on the ethical considerations of allowing experimental drugs to be used.
Video

Video Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said to Be Improving

The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental treatments for Ebola patients in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak there is unprecedented, the disease deadly. The number of people who have died from Ebola has surpassed 1,200. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on the ethical considerations of allowing experimental drugs to be used.
Video

Video In Ukraine, Fear and Distrust Remain Where Fighting has Stopped

As the Ukrainian military reclaims control of eastern cities from pro-Russian separatists, residents are getting a chance to rebuild their lives. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the town of Kramatorsk in Donetsk province, where a sense of fear is still in the air, and distrust of the government in Kyiv still runs deep.
Video

Video China Targets Overseas Assets of Corrupt Officials

As China presses forward with its anti-graft effort, authorities are targeting corrupt officials who have sent family members and assets overseas. The efforts have stirred up a debate at home on exactly how many officials take that route and how likely it is they will be caught. Rebecca Valli has this report.
Video

Video Leading The Fight Against Islamic State, Kurds Question Iraqi Future

Western countries including the United States have begun arming the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq to aid their battle against extremist Sunni militants from the Islamic State. But there are concerns that a heavily-armed Kurdistan Regional Government, or KRG, might seek to declare independence and cause the break-up of the Iraqi state. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, the KRG says it will only seek greater autonomy from Baghdad.
Video

Video In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcision

In some Kenyan communities, female genital mutilation remains a rite of passage. But activists are pushing back, with education for girls and with threats of punishment those who perform the circumcision. Mohammed Yusuf looks at the practice in the rural eastern community of Tharaka-Nithi.
Video

Video For Obama, Racial Violence is Personal Issue

The racial violence in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson is presenting U.S. President Barack Obama with an issue to which he has a deep personal connection. To many Americans, Obama's election as America's first black president marked a turning point in race relations in the United States, and Obama has made ending the violence a policy priority. On Monday he issued a new call for calm and understanding. Luis Ramirez reports from the White House.
Video

Video Clinton-Obama Relationship Could Impact 2016 Election

President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have a long and complicated relationship. That relationship took another turn recently when Clinton criticized the president’s foreign policy. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone reports there is renewed attention on the Clinton-Obama relationship as Hillary Clinton considers running for
Video

Video Iran Looks to Maintain Influence in Baghdad With New Shia PM

Washington and Tehran share the goal of stopping Syrian-based militants in Iraq. But experts say it's Iran, not the United States, that will most influence how the new government in Baghdad approaches internal reforms and the war in Syria. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns has the story.

AppleAndroid