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Diaoyu Islands

The Diaoyu Islands are a group of uninhabited islands located roughly due east of mainland China, northeast of Taiwan, west of Okinawa Island, and north of the southwestern end of the Ryukyu Islands. They are currently controlled by Japan, which calls them Senkaku Islands. Both China and Taiwan claim sovereignty over the islands. 

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Fear of conflict with Japan as China sets up air defence zone

Militarised area over disputed East China Sea islands 'extremely dangerous', says Japan

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 23 November, 2013, 1:27pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 November, 2013, 2:10pm

China's announcement yesterday that it had established an Air Defence Identification Zone in the East China Sea that includes the disputed Diaoyu Islands, known as the Senkakus in Japan, would greatly raise tensions and the risk of armed conflict, experts from both nations warned.

The PLA said the zone, part of which overlaps Japan's ADIZ, became effective at 10am.

Hours later, Beijing's new air force spokesman Colonel Shen Jinke said China had sent two large surveillance aircraft "to conduct the first patrol mission" in the new zone, escorted by an early-warning airplane and other multi-purpose jets.

All aircraft entering the ADIZ would have to provide their flight plans, nationalities and maintain two-way radio contact allowing them to "respond in a timely and accurate manner to the identification inquiries" from Chinese authorities. Civil aviation would not be affected.

Japan's foreign ministry yesterday lodged a "serious protest" to China, saying such a move was "extremely dangerous" and "could trigger unpredictable events", according to Junichi Ihara, chief of the ministry's Asian and Oceania Affairs Bureau. Taiwan, which also claims sovereignty over the disputed islands, expressed regrets.

Although the Chinese defence ministry claimed the zone was not targeting any specific country, Xu Guangyu , a retired PLA general, said China was only "exercising its self-defence rights" in response to Japan's expansion of its ADIZ since the early 1970s and moves to limit China's rights to fly in the region.

Experts warned that tension in the region would inevitably rise, especially because of the overlapping of the zones.

Mainland-based Sino Japanese expert Liu Jiangyong said the chance of miscalculations would increase.

"The air space above the tiny Diaoyus is so small that it is possible for high-speed fighter jets to crash into each other," Liu said.

Jun Okumura, a visiting scholar at the Meiji Institute for Global Affairs, said: "I fully expect that the next time a Chinese aircraft flies into Japanese air space, Japanese fighters will be scrambled, there will be a war of words in the air and there could very well be shots fired, although I expect they would not be threatening shots.

"I do not think either side will want to get into anything more serious, but these changes do now mean there is a far more serious likelihood of miscalculation," Okumura added.

He pointed to an incident in 2001 in which a US Navy Orion EP-3 surveillance aircraft collided with a Chinese fighter over Hainan Island.

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lamlm38
only white trash talks like this.. get your history and facts straight first!!
webtruder@gmail.com
Nope they absolutely do not want that.They mostly thrive from the fanfare only,they are unexpectedly in too deep and they are currently miscalculating each other's audacity.The question is: what happens when a flashpoint takes place. If Japan loses, they'll mostly be happy to have fought back before losing.If China loses,they'll be most likely.....ooops! my head just exploded on the mere thought of the resulting domino effect from their recurred humiliating defeat.
newgalileo
The Chinese government is playing with fire, and not only in this case (just look more south). But Chinese love it, inflaming their nationalism, bashing the Japanese, the Americans, whoever. Arrogance is becoming more the word of the day but that is for sure not the vision of most Chinese. Clever demagogy of the government. Until it just goes a little too far. This is not a way to solve regional "claims". Looking at all the comments here says more than enough.
jayb
we need more $$$ to fund Obamacare and hopefully single payer system healthcare. NO MORE tax $$$ to fight wars! if you want to fight, go raise money from your corporate donors. robbing healthcare $$$ to fight war is insane!!!
john.lone.75
To safeguard peace, security, and prosperity America and her allies must prepare for war.
clc2
The cadres may be preparing to "bet the farm" in too many areas at once. Right or wrong, it is China that is initiating this change.
babyhenry
More than enough on what? The fact that you cant counter anything credible to defend the Japanese but to call the sensible factual comments pointing out on the US & Japan hypocrisy as "nationalistic".
Talk about "ARROGANCE".
yufeng.lin.7
reminding you that American shootdown another Iran Boeing 707 or 747 almost a year or two later. because it intruded American aircraft carrier's ADIZ. Check the facts PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE. ADIZ is another norm set up by the US; so everyone in the international community can use it. It is true that people need sometime to adapt to it. However, It is true anywhere in the world that when it comes to national security issue like fly zone, commercial flights always comes to second even the third compared to national security. And by the way, "b8stards" just make you sound like a ****-bag, so please don't do it AGAIN.
ennoun
Clearly China is creating a dangerous situation. With the military superiority and real war experience of the allies in the whole region, China would lose dramatically, lose face, and see itself even in a much more concentrated containment situation. China's misguided military and CCP leaders would have only themselves to blame for a huge mistake.
Best to reconsider their proposed action to increase its control over the area.
be.way.5
You are talking on a very bias side. Why is China creating a dangerous situation when it's Japan that cold bloodedly started the event when it unilaterally go ahead to nationalize the Diaoyu islands that rightfully belongs to China.

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