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Air Defence Identification Zone

The Air Defense Identification Zone is airspace over land or water in which the ready identification, location, and control of civil aircraft over land or water is required in the interest of national security. China's Defence Ministry announced its ADIZ over a vast area in the East China Sea on November 23, 2013, which covers the area around the Diaoyu islands, controlled by Japan and known as the Senkaku Islands. The establishment of this zone drew strong opposition from Japan, the US and South Korea, becoming a flashpoint in East Asian politics and security. 

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China right to protect security with air defence zone

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 December, 2013, 3:09am
UPDATED : Friday, 13 December, 2013, 3:23am

Tensions in the East China Sea have been high since China established the air defence identification zone.

Japan and the US have condemned this move and blamed Beijing for deteriorating relationships. However, I found the points made by Alex Lo to be logical ("Security, not power, is Beijing's goal in air defence zone dispute", December 5). China is simply consolidating its regional security.

After more than 100 years of misfortune and chaos, China has emerged on the world stage with an enhanced status. It is desperate to consolidate its achievements. If it is acceptable for the US and its allies to set up their defence zones then how can anyone deny the right of China to guard its security? It is naive to think otherwise.

As former president Hu Jintao said, the aim of China is to emerge as a power in the world with the potential to assist in a global crisis.

China's air defence zone is simply self-protection. It's like installing a camera at the gate and preventing anyone from getting in without permission. Those who expect China to swiftly back down are misguided.

China has played a leading role as Asia has advanced. During the period when the region developed economically, the US showed little interest. But it has adjusted its strategy and is focusing more on Asia. This has encouraged countries such as Japan, South Korea and the Philippines to become bolder as they fight for resources with China, knowing they will be supported by a superpower.

China has no choice but to stand firm. Critics talk of expansionism on the part of the country. It is defending itself and anyway the US can also be accused of expansionism. It intervened in Afghanistan and Iraq to pursue its own interests. What is wrong with China also looking after its interests?

I believe Beijing must not give in to what is illogical criticism of its actions. In the interests of national security, it must stand firm.

History will remember those leaders who were willing to act with determination in defence of their nation against other powers.

Josh Sin, Tuen Mun

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