| Dec 9, 2013

Lack of back channels has China talks on ice

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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. Prime ...

Dec 6, 2013

U.S. senators to Chinese ambassador: Senkakus under Japanese control

A bipartisan group of senators sent a letter to the Chinese ambassador to the United States on Thursday that criticizes Beijing's establishment of an air defense identification zone and recognizes the Senkaku Islands as being under Japanese control. The four members of the Senate Foreign ...

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 clear ...

U.S. backs Japan against ADIZ: Biden

Dec 3, 2013

U.S. backs Japan against ADIZ: Biden

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe received the assurance of visiting U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday that Washington stands behind Japan as it responds to China's recent declaration of an air defense identification zone in the East China Sea that encompasses the Japan-administered Senkaku Islands. During ...

| Dec 2, 2013

U.S. flight plan policy baffles Tokyo

A two-pronged U.S. strategy toward China over its contentious new air defense identification zone has baffled Japan, which relies heavily on Washington in dealing with Beijing's military expansion. With regard to China's call for prior notification of foreign flights in the ADIZ, the United States ...