Biden: China's Air Defense Zone Causing 'Apprehension'
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says China's new air defense zone in the East China Sea has created "significant apprehension" in the region.
Biden told a group of U.S. business leaders in Beijing Thursday he was "very direct" about the matter during his talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
But the vice president said conflict between Beijing and Washington was not inevitable, despite sometimes having disagreements.
Biden and Mr. Xi met for about five hours Wednesday, during which the U.S. leader said he expressed Washington's "firm position and expectations" on the air defense zone.
China's foreign ministry said Mr. Xi told Biden the zone was in accordance with international law and that the U.S. should take an "objective and fair attitude" about it.
The U.S. has rejected China's Air Defense Identification Zone, or ADIZ, set up last month, which includes territory claimed by U.S. ally Japan.
The issue was expected to dominate Biden's China talks, which continued Thursday during a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
Biden travels later in the day to South Korea, which has also rejected China's ADIZ. Seoul is the last stop on Biden's week-long Asia tour.
Thai King Calls for Unity
Thailand's revered monarch called on the Thai people to "support each other for the sake of the country," during his annual birthday address to the nation.
King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who turns 86 Thursday, spoke as opposition protesters paused their efforts aimed at overthrowing the government.
The king, who was released from the hospital earlier this year after a four-year stay, spoke slowly as he read his address at his seaside palace in Hua Hin.
The weeks-old protests were stopped out of respect for the monarch, who is widely revered as a unifying figure in the politically polarized nation.
But protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban pledged to continue the fight Friday, vowing to not back down until Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra resigns and turns over control to an unelected council.