Joe Biden to visit Japan, China as air zone dispute smolders
December 2nd, 2013
04:43 AM ET
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Joe Biden to visit Japan, China as air zone dispute smolders

Hong Kong (CNN) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will visit Japan and China this week as a dispute seethes over Beijing's recent claim of a large swath of airspace in the region.

The Chinese declaration less than two weeks ago has prompted a war of words between governments and flights through the contested air zone by military planes from the United States, China, Japan and South Korea.

The uneasy situation in the skies over the East China Sea has raised fears that a midair incident could cause circumstances to spiral out of control. It has also fueled concern about how far China is willing to go to pursue its interests in the Asia-Pacific region and push back against U.S. influence.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. S. B. Stein

    Given China's immoral way that it spreads its influence, we need to make sure that they are kept in check.

    December 2, 2013 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  2. Tampa Tim

    A war with China has had the right wingnut neo con chicken hawks drooling since 1980. It would be the ultimate gift to their defense contractors.

    December 2, 2013 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    We are a Pacific power, and we must ensure that we due what is necessary to maintain stability in the region. That being said, I'd prefer that Japan & China could settle this by just dividing up the islands, but that sounds too much like common sense. China wants to assert it's power, but to what extent? We flew into their new "defense zone" and they didn't do crap. I don't think they're that bold to shoot down a U.S. military aircraft.

    December 2, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  4. current state of the union

    Only a matter of time before you can no longer deny china is in fact our enemy. They are the biggest threat to the USA. We would have to borrow money from them in order to fight them, not a good scenario any way you look at it.you rwnj keep believing that letting the rich pay next yo no taxes will help you, wake up idiots, the standard of living for citizens have been dropping since Reaganomics, and its progressing

    December 2, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  5. Phyllis Gwendoline Williams

    "The Sea is His, and He made it" (Psalm 95: 5)
    O LORD"Thou hast created All Things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created"(Revelation 4: 11)
    "The gathering together of the Waters called He Seas" (Genesis 1: 10)
    "LORD, Thou art God, which hast made Heaven..Earth..Sea, etc" (Acts 4: 24; 14: 15; Jonah 1: 9)
    "Whatsoever is under the whole Heaven is Mine" (Job 41: 11)

    December 2, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |