US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Beijing Wednesday for a two-day official visit to China.
Biden, who visited Japan earlier this week on the first leg of his three-nation Asian tour, is scheduled to meet President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders.
His trip to the East Asia, including South Korea, comes amid rising tensions in the region over China’s newly-declared air defense identification zone over the East China Sea that overlaps airspace operated by Japan and South Korea.
After his talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Tuesday, Biden confirmed bilateral coordination against China’s defense identification zone and vowed that the US will stand by Japan.
“We, the United States, are deeply concerned by the attempt to unilaterally change the status quo in the East China Sea,” Biden told a joint news conference with Abe.
“This action has raised regional tensions and increased the risk of accidents and miscalculation,” said Biden. The vice president said he will raise the issue “with great specificity” during his meeting with Xi on Thursday.