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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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US Secretary of State John Kerry vows to back Japan in East China Sea

John Kerry reaffirms pledge as tensions boil between Tokyo and Beijing

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 February, 2014, 11:04am
UPDATED : Sunday, 09 February, 2014, 3:08am
 

Secretary of State John Kerry vowed that the United States would defend Japan against attack including over islands claimed by China as tensions boil between the Asian powers.

Kerry, who said he would visit China next week, met in Washington with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday and reaffirmed the 1960 treaty that commits the United States to protect its ally against attacks.

"That includes with respect to the South China Sea," he said, before correcting himself to say the East China Sea, where China and Japan have conflicting claims.

Fears of conflict rose in November when China imposed an air defence identification zone (ADIZ) over much of the East China Sea. Beijing says it now requires notification from planes crossing the island group, which is known as the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyu Islands in China.

"The United States neither recognises nor accepts China's declared East China Sea ADIZ and the United States has no intention of changing how we conduct operations in the region," Kerry said.

The United States and its allies are increasingly concerned that China will take similar action in the South China Sea, where the Philippines in particular has voiced worries about Beijing's maritime claims.

Kishida, for his part, extended an invitation for US President Barack Obama to make a state visit to Japan.

Diplomats say Obama is likely to visit Japan on an April tour of Asia, although Kerry is not expected to stop in Tokyo on his forthcoming trip. Kishida was visiting Washington after a rare open disagreement between the two allies.

The United States voiced disappointment in December when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid a pilgrimage to the Yasukuni Shrine, which honours 2.5 million Japanese war dead including convicted war criminals.

Abe's visit outraged China and also fellow US ally South Korea.

Kishida told Kerry that Japan valued its relationship with South Korea despite their "difficult issues," saying the two democracies needed to work together in the face of nuclear-armed North Korea.

"Going forward, we will make tenacious efforts in order to build a co-operative relationship with the Republic of Korea from a broad perspective," Kishida said.

Kishida also highlighted progress under Abe in relocating the US air base at Futenma within the island of Okinawa.

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Jonathan Smith
Japan should live up to the terms of her unconditional surrender in 1945 including the promise to return to China illegally stolen Chinese territories like the Diaoyu Islands. Also Japan should ban fascism including all symbols of past Japanese barbarism and aggression like the Yasukuni War Shrine. Japan should also pay reparations to the sex-slaves or comfort-women as well as pay reparations for the damage she caused during her barbaric invasion of Asia. japan should also apologise for her war crimes and build a memorial in Tokyo to honour the victims of Japanese barbaric aggression.
baysidedweller
Then why Kerry did not come out and say Japan has sovereignty over the islands?
US sow the seeds for this conflict and needs to advise Japan that they need to go to the negotiating table with China. Otherwise, it just let the conflict between Japan and China snowball into a bigger one and needs to mop it up at a later date.
lamlm38
the JPs can go back to their military adventurism past so we can beat the **** of them.. last time the Chinese were distracted by civil war :)
sparkystiltskin
A conflict with Japan would be very very difficult for China. China has a large but inefficient military force and domestically has what is essentially an occupation economy. If Beijing had to focus on a war with Japan in addition to its 24/7/365 monitoring and suppression of its own citizens the whole the entire system will come crashing down.
jiawang@adb.org
There will be war.
China's strategy should be to build wide support among the people of the the world.
If China thinks it can fight a war without world support, they will be in for a big surprise.
sparkystiltskin
It will be hard for China to build global support- they complain about atrocities from 60 year or 100 years ago while they execute political prisoners...
cong.yu2
It's a new year, almost every leader mentioned about peace. But peace is not only in the speechs, it's also in the actions. This only could make the situation worse, I hope Mr. John Kerry know what is he doing.
lucifer
Umm...because that is not how the world works and its not the decision of the U.S. to declare who has sovereignty over anything.
dharmakarma
how can you sell weapons if there is peace
DinGao
Keep your friends close but your enemies closer. The US does not want to see a lonely Japan return to aggressive militancy.

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