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Air zone 'raises regional tensions'

Japan's defence minister has said China's unilateral air defence identification zone (Adiz) in the East China Sea raises regional tensions and the international community must oppose any move to establish a similar zone in the South China Sea.

Itsunori Onodera was speaking after meeting his Philippines counterpart, Voltaire Gazmin, where they had discussed reports that China is considering establishing a similar zone in the South China Sea.

China's ambassador to the Philippines, Ma Keqing, said it was China's right to decide "where and when to set up" an Adiz.

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