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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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Air Defence Zone

China tells Japan it would ‘consider cancelling air zone in 44 years’

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 November, 2013, 5:36pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 December, 2013, 2:46pm


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China’s defence ministry on Thursday hit back forcefully at Japan’s objections to its newly-established Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea that covers long-disputed islets claimed by both countries.

“Japan has absolutely no right to make irresponsible comments regarding China setting up the East China Sea ADIZ,” ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told media in a routine press conference, according to China’s Ministry of National Defence website.

“We would like to ask Japan to revoke its own ADIZ first, China will then consider this request in 44 years,” Yang Yujun reportedly said when asked to comment on requests from Japan and the US to revoke the zone. Japan established its ADIZ 44 years ago in 1969.

Tensions between China and Japan, the world’s second and third largest economies, have escalated over the past week after China set up its first ADIZ on Saturday in the East China Sea in an area covering Tokyo-administered islands.

The Chinese ADIZ requires all aircrafts flying inside the zone to inform China of their flight plans and to maintain two-way radio communication.

It has since triggered strong protests from several countries led by Japan and the United States. Both have said their aircrafts would not inform China of their flight plans when flying through the zone, and urged China to withdraw the plan.

Earlier of this week, the US air force sent two B52 bombers into the zone in a show of force. Unnamed sources at Japan’s defence ministry claimed that Japanese military and paramilitary planes had flown thorough the zone without any resistance from Chinese jets, according to the Asahi Shimbun.

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why 44 yrs? 4,4=8, lucky number? or?????
Take an east asia history 101, then you will know Potsdam Declaration and Cairo Communiqué said:
“Japanese sovereignty shall be limited to the islands of Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, Shikoku and such minor islands as we determine." As had been announced in the Cairo Declaration in 1943.
Who is trying to change the rule set by world war II? Did the above wording clear enough?
Only another world war can change the rule of world war II, just like a decision of a meeting can’t be changed by a few persons in a dark room without calling another meeting with all previous attendees invited. Whoever challenge the rule of world war II is an aggressor in this world. Whoever challenge the rule of world war II is calling or creating a world war III.
Just a few hard facts:

1. Japan had ADIZ since 1969, the area of Japan's ADIZ is 5 times the Japan's domestic territory area. While China’s ADIZ area is a fraction (<10%) of their territory area.
2. US developed the ADIZ back in 1950.
3. There are 20+ countries had their own ADIZ in this world, including Korea, Japan, RC (republic of China, Taiwan area), Phillipine, etc.
4. China publicly acknowledged they may consider withdrawal ADIZ, conditionally on Japan withdrawal their 1st, after 44 years of Japan’s withdrawal.
5. When Korea, Japan, RC (republic of China, Taiwan area), Phillipine set up their own ADIZ, none of these countries consulted China.
What US should do is to patent the ADIZ back in 1950s. Then all the 20+ countries have to pay US loyalty for using the ADIZ system, including China.
LOL @ archipelago
only retards can't see that this is a masterstroke from Beijing.......
I don't know for certain but damn, china just made one incredible smart move and if not brilliant i must conclude on china azid. Obviously china knows japan or USA or whatever petty allies will protest and ignore china azid. Do u think china did not anticipate this ? Come on ... Don't be so naive ...
By sending your b52 or jets whatsoever and crossing the azid as u please and totally expected, china now has the same logic reason to do and act likewise.
Just don't complain when china does the same act.
Press: Chinaa? Hello? China? Could you comment on this audacity of Japan-airlines to run contrary to your self-proclaimed 'power and dominion over this area'?
China: Shhh! I'm busy licking my wounds. Shut up already, will you?
China's ambition is to extend its waters to strip the sea and sea bed of natural resources, primarily oil and fish, and project military force far from its present maritime borders.
Concerning who has rightful sovereignty the position is unclear. Both Japan and China can point to old maps showing the islands belong to one or the other, but the acid test is in the various treaties signed between the USA, Taiwan, Japan and China.
The matter should be referred to international arbitration, but as seen in the Spratlys Islands dispute and other issues, China is not interested in respecting international law.
Please check out the ADIZ of Japan from the link to CNN below, this ADIZ of Japan was put up 44 years ago and it is huge. All the readers of SCMP should be able to judge that this could not be the kind of ADIZ that the Japanese people wanted 44 years ago. It was, and it has been, and still it is, the extended ADIZ of the Americans, out from their home in North America, up to the doorsteps of the communist China at South China Sea.
Javed Mir
--without any resistance from Chinese jets--
Although no resistance has been offered by the Chinese jets something serious seems to have started.




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