Chinese Ambassador Ma Keqing defended Beijing's
decision to establish the Air Defense Identification Zone in an
area between China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan.
Neighboring countries say they will not honor the new zone,
believed aimed at claiming disputed territory.
When asked about concerns that China might set up a similar zone
over the disputed South China Sea, which is also claimed by the
Philippines, Ma said Monday it was within the Chinese
government's right to decide where and when to set up such a
zone. But she added she could not tell if China has such a plan.
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