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Topic - Shen Dingli
China said it sent warplanes into its newly declared maritime air defense zone Thursday, days after the U.S., South Korea and Japan all sent flights through the airspace in defiance of rules Beijing says it has imposed in the East China Sea.
The 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks provided China's official media with ample reason to celebrate what it called America's "moribund decline." The state-controlled press issued a thorough condemnation of America for what it said was U.S. culpability for causing the attacks.
"China has the biggest stake here ... because exports have a lot to do with Chinese stability, for prosperity, for employment, for the Chinese government to exert control over the country," Mr. Shen said in a telephone interview. "So the Chinese government has no reason to (just do) window dressing."
Beijing is unlikely to engage in tit-for-tat retaliation such as issuing its own indictments of American soldiers and probably will go ahead with plans to take part in U.S.-hosted naval exercises next month, Shen said.