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Biden tells Xi U.S. has "deep concerns" about air defense zone issue

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday that the United States has "deep concerns" about, and does not recognize, the air defense identification zone set up by Beijing, a U.S. official said. In their talks, Xi explained his country's position on the air zone to Biden, according to China's state-run media. The U.S. official said Xi was clear in presenting his case on the issue and "took on board what the vice president said."

1st Ld-Writethru: Chinese VP meets with Biden

BEIJING, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao met with his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden in Beijing on Wednesday, pledging to enhance high-level strategic communication and avoid conflict and confrontation. During the meeting, Li said Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barrack Obama reached important consensus on the building of a new model of major-country relations in June.

Biden says U.S., China must expand cooperation

BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that the United States and China must expand practical cooperation and deliver results, adding that he was impressed with Chinese President Xi Jinping's commitment to managing differences candidly. Biden made the comments to Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao at a meeting in Beijing's Great Hall of the People.

Biden in China as air zone tensions simmer

US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Beijing Wednesday to raise concerns over a Chinese air zone ramping up regional tensions, looking to bolster ties while also underscoring alliances with Tokyo and Seoul. His trip -- which began in Japan and ends in South Korea -- follows weeks of furore after Beijing declared an "air defence identification zone" (ADIZ) covering East China Sea islands disputed with Japan.

Biden heads to China amid air zone tensions

US Vice President Joe Biden arrives in Beijing on Wednesday amid rising friction over a Chinese air zone, needing to tread between bolstering ties with the rising power and underscoring alliances with Tokyo and Seoul. His trip -- which began in Japan and ends in South Korea -- follows weeks of furore after Beijing declared an "air defence identification zone" (ADIZ) covering East China Sea islands also claimed by Japan. The decades-old dispute between the historic rivals flared after Tokyo bought some of the islands from their private owners in September 2012.

Abe, Biden vow Japan-U.S. coordination over China air zone

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden pledged on Tuesday further bilateral coordination over China's newly declared air defense identification zone in the East China Sea that covers a group of disputed islands, but stopped short of calling for a revocation of the measure. Abe told reporters after their meeting in Tokyo that they confirmed that the two countries should not tolerate China's attempt to change the status quo "unilaterally by force."

Biden: U.S. 'deeply concerned' about China air defense zone - media

TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States remains "deeply concerned" about China's establishment of an air defense zone in the East China Sea, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, visiting Japan, was quoted by the Asahi Shimbun daily as saying. In a written interview with the paper, Biden, who will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other officials on Tuesday, also called on both China and Japan to take steps to lower tensions in the region, where they are locked in a territorial dispute over a set of islands.

Biden hints Japan needs to compromise for TPP free trade deal

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden suggested Tuesday the countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks must seek a "comprehensive" accord that overcomes their differences and Japan needs to compromise on sensitive subjects such as auto and agriculture. "We need a comprehensive agreement that involves longstanding differences between the U.S. and Japan, including issues like agriculture and automobiles," Biden told a joint press conference after meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo.

Roundup: Abe, Biden agree to address ADIZ concerns in coordinated manner

Roundup: Abe, Biden agree to address ADIZ concerns in coordinated manner TOKYO, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden held talks here Tuesday as part of Biden's week-long trip that will also see him visit China and South Korea at a time when tensions in the Asia Pacific regions, due to territorial disputes and air demarkation zones, are rising.
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