Dispute continues in East China Sea

December 3, 2013

WBEZ

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In this Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 photo, a crew member of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy monitors on the deck of the China's aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, sailing on the East China Sea for sea trials. The Liaoning departed for its first-ever sea trials in the South China Sea, a mission likely to draw scrutiny amid Beijing's drive to assert its claims to those waters and their island groups.

The U.S. has advised commercial airlines not to fly over the new air defense zone that China has declared in the East China Sea. But the Obama administration says that's for safety reasons, not because it recognizes Chinese authority over the area. We'll find out why tensions remain high.