US-China: Talks But No Consensus On Air Zone Row

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December 04, 2013 AT 1:20 PM
In tense, face-to-face talks, Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping traded arguments Wednesday over China's contentious new air defense zone, with no consensus about how to defuse an issue that's raising anxieties across Asia and beyond. The U.S. will now wait to see whether China, despite international pressure, will enforce the zone — a strip of airspace more than 600 miles long above disputed islands in the East China Sea. Wednesday's result was not what Biden may have hoped for. A day earlier, Biden stood shoulder to shoulder in Tokyo with the leader of China's rival Japan, pledging to raise Washington's deep concerns with Xi directly in hopes of tamping down tensions in a strategically critical region.