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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 in East China Sea to remain 'forever', say Beijing advisers

Controversial defence zone announced at short notice was under consideration ‘for some time’ and will not be rescinded, say Beijing advisers

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 November, 2013, 11:21pm
UPDATED : Friday, 29 November, 2013, 10:41am

Beijing has been planning an air defence zone over the East China Sea for some time and it will stay there "forever", according to foreign policy advisers to the central government.

The sudden declaration of the protected air space close to territorial waters and islands also claimed by Japan triggered fierce protests from Tokyo and Washington.

China said aircraft would have to notify its aviation authorities if they want to enter the defence zone it established on Saturday. The aim is to protect the nation's territorial sovereignty.

"Emergency defensive measures'' could be taken against aircraft entering the area without permission, Xinhua reported.

Last night, Japan's two airlines, ANA Holdings and Japan Airlines, said they would heed a Japanese government request to stop filing flight plans demanded by China on routes through the new air defence zone.

Both airlines, which have been informing China's aviation authorities since Saturday of flights through the zone in the East China Sea, would stop doing so from today, spokesmen from the carriers said.

One Western diplomat said he feared an "unintended accident" could quickly escalate into a full-scale confrontation, particularly between China and Japan.

Shi Yinhong , an international relations professor at the Renmin University and an adviser to the State Council, admitted the risks had increased, but China's leaders were confident they could manage them.

He and another central government adviser said the idea of setting up the defence zone had been in the pipeline for some time. They said the current tension with Japan over the sovereignty of the Diaoyu Islands gave Beijing good reason to announce the creation of the zone.

"Given China's size and growing power, is it normal for it to have a very narrow strategic air space, given others already have their own air defence zone?" Shi asked. "Now it's established, it will stay forever."

Watch: The South China Sea dispute explained

Beijing did not consult Washington, Tokyo or Seoul beforehand because it would have further strained diplomatic ties, Shi said. "They would have all opposed it. If we then decided to go ahead, it would have been worse," he said.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has described the creation of the zone close to disputed waters without consultation as "dangerous".

Australia said yesterday it had summoned Beijing's ambassador to protest.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said: "The timing and the manner of China's announcement are unhelpful in light of current regional tensions, and will not contribute to regional stability."

In response, China's foreign ministry said that "we hope Australia can … make joint efforts to maintain the security of flights".

Germany said the move "raised the risk of an armed incident between China and Japan".

Shi said China was unlikely to create another air defence zone in an area such as the South China Sea. Another government adviser also supported his view.

"You have to have a reason [to do this]. The provocative stance of Abe's government provides us with the reason," said the adviser.

"There is no such opening in the South China Sea. Our ties with Vietnam are improving and there's no need [to go that far] to deal with the Philippines."

Shi said Beijing would be flexible in operating the zone. "The interpretation depends on the political reality. If a US or Taiwanese [military plane] enters the zone, we will be flexible," he said.

Additional reporting by Agence France-Presse and Reuters

Video: China air defence zone to 'protect sovereignty': govt spokes

 

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Anthony1223
US is the one and only country possess and USE weapon of mass destruction as in case of using atomic bombs in Japan and chemical weapon " Agent Orange" in Vietnam.
Anthony1223
Ugly US doing the dirty thing.
Anthony1223
US “pivot to Asia.” is the root cause of tension in Asia.
" Where there is U.S. there is conflict and war."
US is the Trouble Maker.
Anthony1223
Colony days of Europe in Africa for many decades they made African their slaves,took every resources they want with no infrastructure and left behind only poverty ,backward. Just a decade after China helping African countries build up infrastructures and China policy of noninterference in internal affairs mutual respect and win-win economic cooperation, African countries become prosperous and US ,Japan and Western countries suddenly found out Africa is no more backward and poor and they are eager to have a good share of growing African market.
The same thing happened in ASEAN countries in just a decade ago when U.S. has been busying in war with Iraq and Afghanistan for the last decade. China plus ASEAN have been doing well with China policy of set aside territory dispute and emphasize on economic cooperation. China help ASEAN countries recovered from THE 1997-98 ASIAN FINANCIAL CRISIS .In far east China,South Korea and Japan have been cooperating very well with China and Japan agree to set aside territory dispute . As China,South Korea and Japan were about to sign a trilateral free trade agreement and most importantly to use Chinese yuan instead of US dollar in trade among them U.S was shock to discover he became an outsider and his interest was in danger.U.S. policy of containment, which is now masked in the so-called US “pivot to Asia.” is the root cause of tension in Asia.
There is a saying " Where there is U.S. there is conflict and war."
Anthony1223
Pentagon Chief Slams China For 'Destabilizing' Island Area In East China Sea ???
What a double standard US is practicing in international affairs!!!
Behind the spectacle, the ugly truth about US" China containment policy ".
The China containment policy is a political term referring to a claimed goal of U.S. foreign policy to diminish the economic and political growth of the People’s Republic of China. The term, coined by political analysts in China,harkens back to the U.S. containment policy against communist countries during the Cold War.
Proponents of this theory claim that the United States needs a weak, divided China to continue its hegemony in Asia. This is accomplished, the theory claims, by the United States establishing military, economic, and diplomatic ties with countries adjacent to China's borders, frustrating China's own attempts at alliance-building and economic partnership. The presence of American military in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan; recently strengthened ties with South Korea and Japan; efforts to improve relations with India and Vietnam; and the Pivot to Asia Strategy for increased American involvement in the Pacific have been pointed to as evidence of a containment policy.
hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
china ambassadors, PR, diplomats and foreign ministers needs to do better job when it comes to objections/cry foul from other countries on AZID.
instead of telling them to just simply butt out and mind their own business, they should question their motives and ask them how and why it is ok for them to create azid on their backyard and why there is a problem for china to do so. I personally would like to know why too as well.
show them the map where japan has the lines drawn out and extended the zone a few years back and despite your objections and disagreement....
western news are and will always be bias against china. there is nothing much you can do about it but as long your argument is out on the news..i am certain you will find support....
hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
1. can anyone explain ( especially those china basher ) why other countries can implement the AZID and not China ?
2. And do explain why Japan zone is THAT close to China coastline ???
3. And why when Japan unilaterally expand their zone further and closer to China and USA did not complain even after China expressed their regret ????
Hollander323
In this matter, obviously the Americans have adopted double standards as they have always been , favoring its own ally Japan. But on the other hand, the other party would feel being bullied. This has been the situation for a very long time ever since Japan has been used as a Jackal by the American to contain China. China has to bite the bullet, and work its own way up, fending off these bullies, I am sure in not for long, it would emerge as a world respected nation.
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impala
Forever. Uhuh.

Let's see. 10 to 1 says that this whole idiocy will be quietly withdrawn over Chinese New Year or another fireworks festival.
archipelago
china vs JAPAN, US, UK, AUSTRALIA, NETHERLANDS, SPAIN, SOUTH KOREA, INDIA, PHILIPPINES, VIETNAM, TAIWAN
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china never thought of this and the sad part, they're being clowned around the world lately from Jimmy Kimmel show to Holland Got Talent to the aid of Philippine typhoon.
mh0908
The Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) is an area surrounding much of North America – namely airspace surrounding the United States and Canada – in which the ready identification, location, and control of civil aircraft over land or water is required in the interest of national security. This ADIZ is jointly administered by the civilian air traffic control authorities and the militaries of both nations, under the auspices of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
Japan has an ADIZ that overlaps most of its Exclusive Economic Zone. Its eastern border was set up after World War II by the US military at 123° degrees east. This resulted in only the western half of Yonaguni Island being part of Japan's ADIZ and the eastern half being part of Taiwan's ADIZ. Thus on June 25, 2010 Japan extended its ADIZ around this island 22km westwards. As this led to an overlapping with ROC's ADIZ and the government of Republic of China expressed its "regret" over Japan's move. Regarding the coast of mainland China, Japan's ADIZ has a distance of 130km at its closest point. - Wikipedia
I love history. It gives me a truer perspective and enables me to make an independent judgement instead of blindly following what the press (tabloid) says.
As a paying subscriber, I again urge SCMP to be more balanced and less sensational in your reporting. I want a fair analysis and both sides of the story.
raglan
Those that don't know what the ADID zone is, including SCMP journalists/editors, western press and mindless China-bashers, its basically sets a legal basis for China to defend militarily its territory in the event everyone sends its military jets into zone.
Japan has an ADID zone in place (without China's consent) that extends to almost the coast of Fujian province; China's move therefore is smart (although a bit belated) as it evens up the equation and deters others from engaging in irresponsible behaviour.
Hum-Balang
CCP should instruct the CIC delink/deflate the CNY, dump US$750B US treasury bonds, switch to Euro bonds, and wait to see whether the POTUS will team-up [or clean up] the Wall Street bankers to buffer USA war-machine? See whether in 15 years time, Pentagon will sell their USS Ford or Washington at bargain basement prices?
USA signed a treaty with Japan that excluded China's say about the Daiyu Islands, so USA sticking up for Japan their Asian patsy is understandable but two wrongs don't make a right!
At every turn the USA and China need one another to thrive in the next millennium, so what gives USA the rights to patrol and bully the rest of the World, especially China?
lexishk
If a country behaves in rogue fashion it will be treated like a rogue.
carmeledwin
Countries who are behaving in a rogue fashion will be the United States and Japan. Japan is a country whose right wing parties refused to admit that girls from the Philippines, Korea, China (including Taiwan) were raped and taken to comfort houses, instead claim that the poor ladies were all prostitutes! Who refused to admit to admit that there were nurses who were gang raped and killed by their soldiers in Stanley. A country that teaches their students that Japan only went in and exit China. A country, who killed so many civilians in China, Philippines and Korea. A country who used Chinese civilians to test chemicals. A country who sneak attack Pearl Harbour on a Sunday (7th December 1941). A country whom like the United States think that what it does is correct, such as unilaterally extended the ADIZ to overlap Taipei.
The United States in her eagerness to contain China backs Japan, the country which during their sneak attack on Pearl Harbour killed 2,402 Americans, and wounded another 1,282 Americans.
Japan is dangerous, as it is now trying to change their own constitution in order to enable them to declare war and to change their Self-defense force into an Armed Force able to operate outside Japan.
babyhenry
O h you mean when Japan unilaterally extended its ADIZ to overlap those of Taipei in 2010? You mean Japan unilaterally "privatizing the islands"? You mean Tokyo today continue refusals to admit that there is a sovereignty dispute, completely back tracking on their own words in 1978?
josephbrahmana
In the 1890's, the German Empire increase their arms spending by 50%, particularly to develop the navy. Why? They were the youngest empire amongst the British, French, Russian, Ottoman, and Astro-Hungarian empire. The German Empire simply wanted its "place in the sun". As we all know, it didn't end well for them.... China might want to study this case more: expanding territory by "claims" and coerciveness, might not be recommended.
babyhenry
Exactly all those empires are long gone, and perhaps the only empire left today should study all those histories and stop picking fights around the world.
steve.froud.73
An air defense zone that every nation is going to laugh at, and actively fly through, and there's nothing China can do about it, best to give it up, or face further humiliation, you're already a joke to the rest of the planet China.
be.way.5
Mind you, China is not Iraq, Iran or Libya that you and your ugly kind can easily bully. Until the day you understand what is equal co-existence, you must always remember how the Roman Empire collapsed while China will continue to rise stronger every time it falls.
Go and watch your stupid TV sitcom, fatso.
MarkCausey
So, the new air defense program will be in effect forever? Please tell me, why did China wait until the US aircraft carrier left the area to put this new plan into effect? Where were your "defenses" when the US b s flew over those islands? What is China going to do about the Spratly Islands after the US builds their new base in the Philippines? People of China, you steal our technology, you try to steal land from our allies and we owe you about $1.3 trillion. If you want your money back and don't want to get clobbered I would suggest acting like big boys, not childish brats.
lamlm38
sigh all i can say to this white trash is "F###" ur mother!!!!!! We Chinese dont even bother to dignify him/her/****/whatever with an answer!!!
babyhenry
Only an idiot will even think the American will pay China back it debt. As a matter of fact if you got half a brain China is already not receiving back its investments on Garbage US debt considering how much value the USD have lost already.
China is acting like a big boy and not one of your mistress.

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