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Unease with China over islands in the East China Sea grows

Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 01:46

Nov. 28 - Tensions rise in Asia over China's creation of an ''air defense identification zone'', with Australia, Japan, the U.S. and South Korea criticizing the move. Sarah Toms reports.

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Bilateral talks between South Korea and China. Top of the agenda is expected to be China's recent declaration of an air defence zone over disputed territory in the East China Sea. The zone is particularly sensitive because it covers a group of islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China and claimed by both countries. China's move was criticised by South Korea during the meeting. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN DEFENCE MINISTER SPOKESMAN KIM MIN-SEOK SAYING: "We proposed China's declaration of its Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) on the east China Sea as an emergency agenda. Our vice minister Baek clearly conveyed our government's message that expresses strong regrets and demands rectification regarding the matter." Japan and the U.S are critical of the move. While Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says that China's ambassador had been summoned. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN FOREIGN MINISTER JULIE BISHOP SAYING: "This is long standing Australian policy to oppose any unilateral or coercive action by any country that could add to the tensions that currently exist in the East China Sea. So, I'm following long standing Australian policy in raising our concerns over action taken by China to announce an air defence identification zone without warning, without notice, without conciliation and I think we were quite right to raise our concerns. We called in the Chinese Ambassador to Australia to ask him to clarify the situation and to explain the timing and manner of the announcement." As tensions rise in the region, the U.S. and Japan take part in joint military naval drills, strengthening ties between the two countries. The US challenged China by flying two bombers straight through China's no fly zone on Wednesday. But the Chinese, who are about to conduct their own naval drills, have backed down -- at least -- for the moment merely saying they monitored the flights.

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Unease with China over islands in the East China Sea grows

Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 01:46