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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 forces operating ‘normally’ in China air zone

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 30 November, 2013, 8:52am
UPDATED : Saturday, 30 November, 2013, 7:49pm
 

US military chiefs insist they will not change their operations despite a move by China to scramble fighter jets to monitor American and Japanese aircraft in Beijing’s newly declared air defence zone.

China flew warplanes into its air defence identification zone (ADIZ) on Friday, Chinese state media said, nearly a week after it announced the zone, which covers islands at the centre of a dispute between Beijing and Tokyo, raising regional tensions.

The Xinhua report indicated that Japan and the United States are continuing to disregard China’s demands that aircraft submit flight plans when traversing the area in the East China Sea or face unspecified “defensive emergency measures”.

The State Department also said on Friday that US commercial airlines should observe China’s demand to be given notice of aircraft entering its newly declared air defence zone.

“We have flights routinely transiting international airspace throughout the Pacific, including the area China is including in their ADIZ,” Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said on Friday.

“These flights are consistent with long-standing and well-known US freedom of navigation policies that are applied in many areas of operation around the world. I can confirm that the US has and will continue to operate in the area as normal.”

Compliance by commercial flights “does not indicate US government acceptance of China’s requirements for operating in the newly declared ADIZ,” the State Department said in a statement.

Echoing previous statements by President Barack Obama’s administration, it said the United States was “deeply concerned” by China’s declaration of the air zone.

Chinese air force spokesman Shen Jinke earlier said several combat aircraft were scrambled to “verify the identities” of US and Japanese aircraft entering the air defence zone, according to Xinhua.

The Chinese planes, which included at least two fighter jets, identified two US surveillance aircraft and 10 Japanese aircraft including an F-15 warplane, Shen said.

The United States, South Korea, Japan and other countries have accused Beijing of increasing regional tensions by creating its new air defence zone.

Japan and South Korea both said on Thursday they had disregarded the ADIZ, showing a united front after US B-52 bombers also entered the area.

Chinese media call for ‘timely countermeasures’

But Beijing is facing considerable internal pressure to assert itself. China’s state media called on Friday for “timely countermeasures without hesitation” if Japan violates the zone.

Washington has security alliances with both Tokyo and Seoul, and analysts say that neither China nor Japan - the world’s second and third-biggest economies, and major trading partners of each other - want to engage in armed conflict.

The Global Times newspaper, which generally takes a more nationalistic tone than China’s government, said in an editorial on Friday: “We should carry out timely countermeasures without hesitation against Japan when it challenges China’s newly declared ADIZ.”

The paper, which is close to the ruling Communist party, said: “We are willing to engage in a protracted confrontation with Japan.”

But it shied away from threatening Washington, which sent giant Stratofortress bombers inside the zone, issuing an unmistakable message.

“If the US does not go too far, we will not target it in safeguarding our air defence zone,” the paper said.

The Communist party seeks to bolster its public support by tapping into deep-seated resentment of Japan for its brutal invasion of the country in the 1930s.

Such passions are easily ignited, and posters on Chinese social media networks have urged Beijing to act.

China’s rules covering the zone require aircraft to provide their flight plan, declare their nationality and maintain two-way radio communication - or face unspecified “defensive emergency measures”.

Both Japan and Washington have ADIZs of their own, and China accuses them of double standards, though China’s zone includes a rock that is disputed between Beijing and Seoul, as well as islands controlled by Japan and claimed by China.

Japan denies that there is a dispute over the islands, and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga declined on Friday to be drawn on reports that a Chinese envoy had suggested setting up a mechanism to prevent mid-air incidents.

“Our country’s principle is that we will assert our position firmly in a stern but calm manner,” Suga said. “And we keep the window of dialogue open.”

The Yomiuri Shimbun reported that the United States and Japan planned to enhance military cooperation in the area, with Tokyo permanently stationing E-2C early-warning planes in Okinawa, and US Global Hawk unmanned drones expected to be operated from Japan soon.

The European Union added its voice to the criticism of the zone on Friday, with its top foreign affairs official Catherine Ashton saying it “contributes to raising tensions in the region”.

At a regular briefing Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang dismissed her remarks, saying: “Ms Ashton knows that within the EU, some countries have ADIZs, so I don’t know if that means the situation in Europe is getting more tense.”

US Vice President Joe Biden is visiting the region next week, and administration officials said that while in Beijing he will raise Washington’s concerns about the ADIZ, and China’s assertiveness towards its neighbours.

The Philippines has voiced concern that China may extend control of air space over disputed areas of the South China Sea, where the two nations have a separate territorial dispute.

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req
work? More like trying to improve on their inferior gene pool...
archipelago
PRESS: Chinaaa? Hello? China? Could you comment on this audacity of US/Japan-airlines to run contrary to your self-proclaimed 'power and dominion over this area'?
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CHINA: Shhh! I'm busy licking my wounds. Shut up already, will you?
lamlm38
@archipelago: fortunately the world has less ppl like u.. always think with ur balls.. may b u left ur brain in mother's womb geeee!
pslhk
Silly expressions of guilt and envy
by a filipino who's neither maid nor driver
who loathes returning "home"
feeling too uncomfortably comfortable here
in this Chinese territory where he's
self consciously inferior
too myopic and thick
to realize China's breakthroughs
If most filipinos are like this fool
no wonder their women have to work abroad
archipelago
squinty-fetus-eating-yellow-low animal... HAHA
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china vs JAPAN, US, UK, AUSTRALIA, NETHERLANDS, SPAIN, SOUTH KOREA, INDIA, PHILIPPINES, VIETNAM, TAIWAN
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squinties need super lens to see the truth! HAHA
caractacus
This is typical of China: make an outrageous demand and see if anyone complies. The civilian airlines probably feel their business interests are threatened if they do not comply.
The Americans' and their allies' main aim is to ensure freedom of navigation in the air and at sea, not to establish an exclusive military zone. China's motive is military and territorial aggression.
This is so reminiscent of the behaviour of the Na z is, fascist Italy and Japanese Imperialists in 1930's Europe and Asia. China is Asia's new fascist bully with characteristic disregard for any laws or rules.
The only answer is for all other nations in the region to respond in kind.
Carparklee
There is a slang in China says "讓他們飛一會吧!“
archipelago
the world is almost fed up with this small-eyed-fetus-eating-yellow-lower animal
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don't know what's in the tainted mind of these chinese leaders. i just wish they know the sequels of their plans. for sure, they're not happy on what's going on right now.
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to the chinese people, try to weigh things and think independently, try to hear other views...
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china vs JAPAN, US, UK, AUSTRALIA, NETHERLANDS, SPAIN, SOUTH KOREA, INDIA, PHILIPPINES, VIETNAM, TAIWAN
minetteyam@hotmail.com
Yap, yap, more yapping from a mad dog. Really should apologise to men's best friend, I should not have used you for a comparison to this despicable person who is only capable of making racist remarks. Dogs are much too intelligent and don't deserve to be compared to him.
Hollander323
You have shown the real face of a Chinese basher, your next move is to call upon all the Americans to kill all the Chinese so that your debts could just disappear! We call this : Hate your debtor syndrome!

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