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Dispute over China air zone puts US in the middle as Biden meets with Japan's prime minister
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 12:21 AM EST
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is being pulled into a messy territorial spat between China and its neighbors as he meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Tuesday.
The U.S. has joined Japan and other allies in refusing to recognize China's newly declared air zone above a set of tiny, disputed islands. But Washington has treaded carefully, wary of creating more tensions just as the U.S. is pursuing a new era of economic cooperation with Beijing.
The meeting between Biden and Abe comes on the first full day of the vice president's weeklong trip to Japan, China and South Korea.