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'US warns China against declaring new air defense zone' [Marie Harf @ PressTV]

Washington has advised Beijing not to declare a new air defense zone over the South China Sea in an area where disputed territories are located.

Deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters any unilateral act by Beijing would raise tension and call into serious question China's commitment to diplomatically resolving territorial disputes. She added that the US State Department regards such moves as provocative. She made the remarks after Japanese media outlets reported that Chinese air force officials have drafted proposals for a new air defense identification zone. Late last year, Beijing announced a new air defense zone above the East China Sea, including islands at the heart of a sovereignty row with Tokyo.



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