In Beijing's best interest to keep the peace: Biden

In Beijing's best interest to keep the peace: Biden
US Vice-President Joe Biden

CHINA- As China's economy grows, its stake in regional stability will also grow because it has so much more to lose, said US Vice-President Joe Biden as he made the case for Beijing to boost efforts to keep the region peaceful.

Speaking to about 60 American business leaders yesterday, he put China's controversial Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea, which includes the disputed Diaoyu/ Senkaku group of islands, in a broader context.

Mr Biden stressed that he has been very direct about Washington's firm position on the ADIZ, which has caused significant apprehension in the region.

With the Asia-Pacific region driving the global economy in the 21st century, he said China would have to play a larger role given its growing economic power.

"That is why China will bear increasing responsibility to contribute positively to peace and security. That means taking steps to reduce the risk of accidental conflict and miscalculation," he said.

At his meeting with Premier Li Keqiang yesterday, the two men discussed the need for closer economic cooperation. Mr Biden did not seem to have raised the ADIZ, at least not in public.

He did the same when he met President Xi Jinping on Wednesday. Behind closed doors, however, Mr Biden and Mr Xi had a robust exchange as they set forth their positions on the zone, according to US officials.

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