On a mission to defuse tensions over China's air defence zone, Biden held a five and half hour meeting with President Xi Jinping with whom he struck a rapport during their prolonged informal meetings last year. (Agencies)
Biden had a "back and forth" conversation with Xi on the Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) and a host of other bilateral issues, a US official said at a media briefing.
They spoke about the ADIZ and about the broader regional issues that are implicated in that in the East China Sea and in the South China Sea, the official said.
"The Vice President laid out our position in detail. He indicated, as we've said, that we don't recognise the zone, that we have deep concerns about it," he said.
"And he indicated to Xi that we are looking to China to take steps as we move forward to lower tensions, to avoid enforcement actions that could lead to crisis, and to establish channels of communication with Japan, but also with their other neighbours to avoid the risk of mistake, miscalculation, accident or escalation," the official said.
According to the official, President Xi was equally comprehensive in laying out China's perspective on the zone, on their view of territorial disputes in the region and broader regional tensions.
Xi explained China's thinking on these issues at some length, the official said. "Both near the beginning and near they came to this issue. But ultimately President Xi took on board what the Vice President laid out, and now, from our perspective, it's up to China. And we'll see how things unfold in the coming days and weeks," he said.
Biden, during his second visit to China since becoming the US Vice President, also held talks with Premier Li Keqiang and then left for South Korea.
He arrived at Beijing on Wednesday from Japan where he along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe criticised the zone. China announced a new ADIZ last month, and said aircraft flying through the zone must follow its rules, including filing flight plans. The ADIZ covers islands claimed and controlled by Japan and a submerged rock claimed by South Korea.
The US, Japan and South Korea have rejected the zone, and flown undeclared military aircraft through it, prompting China to scramble its airforce jets to monitor them.
On a mission to defuse tensions over China's air defence zone, Biden held a five and half hour meeting with President Xi Jinping with whom he struck a rapport during their prolonged informal meetings last year.