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Air defence zone remarks: China refutes Japanese PM

IANS | Last Updated: Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 12:24

Beijing: Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hong Lei has strongly refuted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe`s recent remarks on China`s East China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone.

Hong Saturday expressed China`s strong anger over the Japanese leader for his malicious slander against China in the international arena, reported Xinhua, citing a Chinese foreign ministry press release.

During a recent summit between Japan and Southeast Asian countries, Abe criticised China for its "unilateral action" to change the situation in the East China Sea and said China`s air defence zone is unjust violation of the freedom of aviation over the high seas.

Hong reiterated China`s stance on the Diaoyu Islands and slammed Japan`s unilateral actions to provoke disputes since last year.

China`s necessary measures to safeguard its sovereignty is in accordance with law and irreproachable, Hong said.

As a defensive measure to safeguard national air security, the establishment of the East China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone is in line with international law and practice, Hong added.

First Published: Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 12:24

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