On Sunday, Japan warned of the dangers following China’s unilateral declaration of an air defense zone over that included territories claimed by Tokyo and Seoul, saying that the announcement might lead to “unpredictable events,” even as South Korea also made known their regret at the move. Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said that the Japanese government is heavily considering making stronger protests “at a higher level” after China made its announcement on Saturday.
Kishida said that Japan will not accept China’s action, calling it “a one-sided action which leads us to assume the danger of unpredictable events on the spot”, in remarks that later drew a predictably negative response from Beijing. China rebuked Japan, saying that it “firmly” opposed Japan’s remarks, with Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang calling them “groundless and utterly wrong”, this according to reports from the Chinese government-backed Xinhua news agency. Qin also urged the United States not to take sides over the issue, and said that the Chinese government had officially “lodged representation” with U.S. ambassador Gary Locke over the American response to the air zone.
Unfortunately for Beijing, the United States has made its concerns known about its actions. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said that the United States was “deeply concerned” about the moves by China. The United States also said on Saturday that it was committed to defending Japan after the Chinese announcement covered disputed islets in the East China Sea. U.S. branded the move as “very dangerous.” “This unilateral action constitutes an attempt to change the status quo in the East China Sea,” Kerry said. “Escalatory action will only increase tensions in the region and create risks of an incident,” he added.
[via The Guardian]
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