An aerial view shows Yonaguni island, Okinawa prefecture, in this file picture taken by Kyodo on March 28, 2007. REUTERS/Kyodo/Files
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China stepped up its criticism of the United States Friday after a senior U.S. official said Washington had told Beijing it would not recognize an air defense zone over the disputed South China Sea if China set one up.U.S. officials have expressed concern that an international court ruling expected in coming weeks on a case brought by the Philippines against China over its South China Sea claims could prompt China to declare an air defense identification zone, or ADIZ, as it did over the East China Sea in 2013 .U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work said Wednesday the U.S. would view such a move as "destabilizing" and would not recognize such an exclusion zone in the South China Sea, just as it did not recognize the one China established over the East China Sea.
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