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VP Biden in Japan – Supports Japan – ‘Deeply concerned’ over China’s Air Defense Identification Zone

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. delivered a carefully calibrated show of support for Japan on Tuesday, declaring the United States was “deeply concerned” about China’s move to control airspace contested with Japan. But he stopped short of demanding that China retreat, and urged the feuding neighbors to talk to each other.

Mr. Biden’s statement, at the start of an unexpectedly challenging trip to Asia that includes a stop in Beijing, captured the strategic complexities for the United States in the tense showdown between Japan and China over disputed claims in the East China Sea.

China, Mr. Biden said, was trying to “unilaterally change the status quo in the East China Sea,” with an air defense identification zone that he said “raised regional tensions and increased the risk of accidents and miscalculation.” He said he would raise the American concerns in detail when he meets with the Chinese leadership on Wednesday.

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Biden shows support for Japan tsunami recovery

Vice President Joe Biden has met with Japan’s prime minister to show support for tsunami recovery efforts and reaffirm U.S.-Japan ties before heading north to the tsunami-devastated northeastern coast.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan thanked Biden on Tuesday for U.S. relief help after the tsunami disaster.

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