| Dec 9, 2013

Lack of back channels has China talks on ice

by

Vice President Joe Biden urged Japan and China last week to set up “effective channels of communication” to avoid a dangerous escalation in their increasingly fraught dispute over maritime territory. But the estrangement between the Asian powers is so deep they are barely talking. ...

U.S. requests China hotline to defuse air zone tensions

Dec 7, 2013

U.S. requests China hotline to defuse air zone tensions

The United States has urged China to set up an emergency hotline with Japan and South Korea to avoid confusion in Beijing’s newly declared air defense zone. Washington does not recognize Beijing’s air defense identification zone, which extends over the East China Sea and ...

China gives no ground to Biden in air zone dispute

Dec 5, 2013

China gives no ground to Biden in air zone dispute

Giving no ground, Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden traded strong arguments Wednesday over China’s contentious new air defense zone, with no indication of progress toward defusing a situation that is raising anxieties across Asia and beyond. Though Biden made ...