Japan has called on China to acknowledge the international community’s growing concerns on their newly declared Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea in response to the criticism Tokyo has been getting from Beijing for “malicious slander” in the recently-concluded Japan-ASEAN summit.
During the weekend’s Japan-ASEAN Summit, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for support from his Southeast Asian neighbors on the issue of the ADIZ and its effects on the East and South China Seas, which prompted China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei to counter Abe’s statement and accuse the premier of vilifying China in the international arena. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga was quick in denouncing China’s claims that they were singled out and in a press conference said that, “The leaders stressed the importance of resolving disputes in a peaceful manner, but did not target any specific country.”
The dispute between China and Japan was due to China’s implementing the ADIZ, which includes the Japanese islands of Senkaku in the East China Sea. China has been claiming the islands as part of their territory even with the Japanese government buying the rights to the uninhabited islets in September of last year.
[via The Standard]
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