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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. 


Biden wants Japan, China to have communication channel over air defence zone

US No 2 says Beijing and Tokyo need system to avoid an incident over East China Sea escalating

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 December, 2013, 10:36am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 December, 2013, 1:28pm

Watch: Biden says China, Japan must communicate to end dispute

US Vice-President Joe Biden repeated yesterday that he was "deeply concerned" by China's new air defence identification zone (ADIZ), and urged Beijing and Tokyo to set up a communication system to deal with any crisis.

After meeting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, Biden said the new zone over the East China Sea had raised regional tensions and increased the risk of accidents and miscalculation.

"This underscores the need for crisis management mechanisms and effective channels of communication between China and Japan to reduce risk of escalation," he said.

This underscores the need for crisis management mechanisms and effective channels of communication between China and Japan to reduce risk of escalation
US Vice-President Joe Biden

Tensions in the region are at their highest in years, with China and Japan squaring off over a chain of uninhabited islands in a feud that has some observers warning of the danger of an armed confrontation.

The row over China's air zone will dominate Biden's meeting with President Xi Jinping .

On the eve of his arrival in China, defence ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng defended China's right and need to have such a zone, the declaration of which last month attracted criticism from the US and China's neighbours for being provocative and changing the status quo.

Under Chinese rules, all foreign aircraft - military and civilian - flying through the zone are required to report flight plans in advance or risk the consequences. The US has said such a move does not conform to international practice, by which such rules only apply to planes heading into a country's airspace.

"There are no international standards for how a country should set up its rules over the air defence identification zone," Geng said in a statement released by Xinhua.

"Many countries demand aircraft flying through their zones to report flight plans in advance. China is not the only country doing that."

Geng added that it was irresponsible for "certain countries" to insist on not reporting flight plans for their aircraft, alluding to Japan's objection.

The different interpretations of international practice and freedom of flight navigation between China and the US, which set up most of the air defence identification zones in Asia, will be a key issue during Biden's talks with Chinese leaders, experts have said. Biden, who is on a week-long trip to East Asia, will walk a fine line to reassure regional allies without disrupting the US relationship with China.

Yesterday, Biden said at a joint press conference with Abe that the US would "remain steadfast in our alliance's commitment", and that Washington was co-ordinating closely with Japan, South Korea and others.

At the same time, Abe appeared to try to smooth over a minor rift between the US and Japan over whether commercial airlines should comply with China's demand. Japanese leaders were concerned after word came that the US was advising American airlines, in line with existing protocol, to comply with such requests from foreign governments.

"We agreed we will not condone any action that could threaten safety of civilian aircraft," Abe said.

Biden will also meet Vice-President Li Yuanchao and Premier Li Keqiang .

Associated Press, Agence France-Presse



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Biden does not want peace between Japan and China, nor does he want actual fighting between the two countries. These two options are not in the national interests of the US. The US simply wants these two countries to be in perpetual conflicts with each other. The old textbook game 'the balance of power' continues to play...
The US of A is no Christian country, needless to say!

The cheerleader of Japan has arrived...
More like the babysitter... Ha Ha ...
best we should applaud and encourage a successful compromise meeting between usa and china for the sake of peace...Japanese can't make any decision without usa approval...thus, dealing with usa is the key.
I still stand by china decision to create the long long overdue zone..
this is not about pay back time but rather the rights of china or any other country to protect their backyard....both japan and usa has no leg to stand on this issue...
I wonder: When Japan declared their ADIZ, did the US put to mind about the objections from neighbouring countries? Did the US/Japan accord after WWII sanction Japan's so-called 'defence force' [or later], as a counter measure against China and the Koreas? Lastly, if countries now realize that the US were 'bugging' most if not all their allies, could the UN be moved elsewhere if put to a vote? ... I do wonder.
Biden is very gentleman in his demand , he has the sincerity to bring both sides to together but still one issue remains Biden should ensure that the US itself will respect China's establishment as well because China means it to the entire international to whatever flies
She already had one vassel. Now she wants two.


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