US warns China against a new air defense zone
February 2, 2014, 12:46 am TWN
WASHINGTON--The United States warned China on Friday against any move to declare a new air defense zone over parts of the South China Sea including disputed islands.
The Asahi Shimbun daily of Japan reported that Chinese air force officials have drafted proposals for the next Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) that could place the Paracel Islands at its core.
Any such move would be seen "as a provocative and unilateral act that would raise tensions and call into serious question China's commitment to diplomatically managing territorial disputes," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters.
She stressed, however, that the reports were "unconfirmed" at this time.
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