U.S. says China's move on East China Sea airspace 'destabilizing'




 
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U.S. says China's move on East China Sea airspace 'destabilizing'
 
November 24th, 2013  
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Topic: U.S. says China's move on East China Sea airspace 'destabilizing'


U.S. says China's move on East China Sea airspace 'destabilizing'
By Phil Stewart and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Saturday sharply criticized China's move to impose new rules on airspace over islands at the heart of a territorial dispute with Japan, calling it a "destabilizing attempt to alter the status quo in the region." China's government-run Xinhua news agency published coordinates for a newly established "East China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone," which covers most of that sea and includes the skies over the disputed islands. China warned that it would take "defensive emergency measures" against aircraft that failed to identify themselves properly in the airspace. The White House, Pentagon and State Department all voiced concerns about the move. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, in a strongly worded statement, said China's announcement would not change how the United States carries out military operations in the region.




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