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China Risks Cooler South Korea Ties With Air Defense Zone

China’s overlap of its new air zone with that of South Korea in the East China Sea has complicated its efforts to forge closer ties with President Park Geun Hye and gives her an incentive to further strengthen relations with the U.S.

Park will tomorrow meet Vice President Joseph Biden, who has called on South Korea and Japan to stand with the U.S. in the face of China’s assertion of its military muscle. Park and her top defense officials were hosting Chinese state councilor Yang Jiechi less than three weeks ago as part of her effort to boost trade and secure China’s help in containing North Korea.