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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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Japanese airlines say they will obey China’s air zone rules over disputed islands

Governments register concern over imposition of air control zone by Beijing but airlines agree to conform to new rules

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 November, 2013, 12:26pm
UPDATED : Friday, 29 November, 2013, 10:44am

Japanese airlines on Tuesday said they would follow rules set by China when it declared an air control zone over the East China Sea, even as Tokyo said they should ignore them.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) said that since Sunday it has been submitting flight plans to Chinese authorities for any plane that was due to pass through the area. Its affiliate Peach Aviation said it was doing the same “for now”.

Japanese airlines haven’t changed flight paths, but they say they have started notifying China of flights entering the new zone. The affected flights are those to Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as Southeast Asia, depending on the weather.

The announcements came after former flag carrier Japan Airlines said it was complying with demands Beijing set out on Saturday when it said it had established an Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) where all aircraft were required to obey its orders.

The zone covers the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku islands, which Beijing claims as the Diaoyus, where ships and aircraft from the two countries already shadow each other in a dangerous game of cat and mouse.

“We have taken the measures in line with international regulations,” an ANA spokesman said. “Safety is our top priority. We have to avoid any possibility of the worst-case scenario.”

Peach Aviation said it had taken similar steps. “We will continue submitting our flight plans to the Chinese side for now,” a spokesman said.

Transport Minister Akihiro Ota insisted that the Chinese declaration was “not valid at all” and called on Japanese airlines to ignore it.

On Monday, Tokyo called in Beijing’s ambassador to demand a roll-back of the plan which it said would “interfere with freedom of flight over the high seas”, but was rebuffed by Cheng Yonghua, who said Tokyo should retract its “unreasonable demand”.

Under the rules aircraft are expected to provide their flight plan, clearly mark their nationality, and maintain two-way radio communication allowing them to “respond in a timely and accurate manner” to identification inquiries from Chinese authorities.

Australia on Tuesday summoned China’s ambassador to express concern over its imposition of the zone, its foreign ministry said on Wednesday, decrying the move as unhelpful in a region beset by tension.

“The timing and the manner of China’s announcement are unhelpful in light of current regional tensions, and will not contribute to regional stability,” Julie Bishop said in a statement.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade yesterday called in China’s ambassador to convey the Australian Government’s concerns and to seek an explanation of China’s intentions.”

The area also includes waters claimed by Taiwan and South Korea, which have also both registered their displeasure at the move.

Additional reporting by Associated Press

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Hollander323
Visit BBC website to see the ADIZ map, China's demarcation is new and that of Japanese has been there for ages. For God sake, the Japanese ADIZ is huge and was put up unilaterally or "bilaterally" (US + Japanese) in the 70's and they encroach into the China and Taiwan waters up to the countries' door steps. Anyone with a sensible mind can judge from this fact who has been bullying who. The duo really think that they are rulers of the earth. In Chinese there is a saying, 只准州官放火,不許百姓點燈。meaning: the rulers can torch your house with fire but civilians cannot use fire to light up their lamps. What a Hegemony. (news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/71332000/gif/_71332755_chunxiao_gas_624map.gif)
lui.thw@gmail.com
Except Japan also has such Air Defence Identification Zone and it is much larger than China's in area. See this map from BBC.
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charlie212
ridiculous, -- it will take once, just once where there is a clerical/admin error on the flight plan to give china an excuse to shoot down an airliner
ohyeahar
Seems China wants to gain some respect from the international community by flexing its muscles with the ADIZ. But Japan is making out to be the winner. They were bullied and despite being in the right, they humbly submitted to the rules of China’s ADIZ for the sake of peace. That is to be commended. China’s actions, on the other hand, should be condemned.
ennoun
Japanese Airlines (and all others) should simply ignore the new ADIZ rules arbitrarily introduced by China. If China's military and CCP leaders wants to play hard ball they may be making a huge mistake and end up with egg on their faces, which will actually look good on them. Amazing display of naivety. Do they really think the other countries flying there are shaking in their boots? Highly unlikely.
caractacus
China pushing its luck and going down the path to a war it will lose.
 
 
 
 
 

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