WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that the air defense zone declared by China over parts of the East China Sea is provocative and not consistent with the behavior of a major power, and again urged Beijing not to implement it.
"We, the United States, do not recognize and we do not accept it, and will not change the way the United States conducts military operations in the region," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.
Carney stopped short, however, of demanding that Beijing rescind its proclamation last month of what it has called an air defense identification zone in an area that includes disputed islands. China's move has triggered protests from the United States, Japan and South Korea. (Reporting By Matt Spetalnick, Jeff Mason and Steve Holland; Editing by Vicki Allen)