Joe Biden

Biden: New Chinese Air Defense Zone Has Caused "Apprehension"

Told business leaders he had discussed the issue with President Xi Jinping

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Vice President Biden said Wednesday he was direct with Chinese leaders that the country's new air-defense zone had caused major "apprehension" in the region. 

Biden reiterated in a speech to business leaders that he brought up the move with Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting.  

"China's recent and sudden announcement of the establishment of a new Air Defense Identification Zone has, to state the obvious, caused significant apprehension in the region," he said at a breakfast in China with the American Chamber of Commerce and the U.S.-China Business Council.

Biden is on a weeklong trip to the region, making stops in China, Japan and South Korea. He departed China and landed in South Korea Thursday morning.