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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. 


US airlines should respect China's air defence zone, US government says

State Department says commercial carriers must give notice of flights through air defence zone, even though US military pilots won't be

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 30 November, 2013, 6:01pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 01 December, 2013, 12:16pm

US airlines should notify Chinese authorities before flying through China's new air-defence zone, the State Department said, even as the American military conducts daily flights in the area without such notification.

The United States said it expected US carriers to operate in line with so-called "notices to airmen" issued by foreign countries. However, it said the decision "[did] not indicate US government acceptance of China's requirements".

The advice is in contrast with that of America's close ally Japan, where the two major airlines have agreed with the Japanese government to fly through the zone without notifying China.

US Vice-President Joe Biden will visit China, Japan and South Korea this week, and senior US officials said he would try to ease tensions over the issue.

The Yomiuri newspaper reported that the United States and Japan would issue a joint statement demanding China scrap the air zone during Biden's visit to Tokyo. Biden will meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday.

Japan also has asked the UN civil aviation agency, the International Civil Aviation Organisation, to consider responses to China's move, NHK television reported. The report said Japan's move during the agency's meeting in Montreal, Canada, were backed by South Korea and the US.

The US advisory to airlines emerged hours after the US military disclosed that it has been flying daily through the disputed area without providing notice to Beijing authorities.

That disclosure by a defence official indicates that US flight activity in the area, where China has sought to exert control, is more extensive than was previously known.

"It's very important the US signal to the Chinese that we're not going to be bullied and that we're going to adhere to our commitments," which include a defence treaty with Japan, said Nicholas Burns, a former US undersecretary of state.

The Pentagon had acknowledged a flight by two unarmed B-52 bombers through the air zone on Tuesday. The defence official would not specify the type of aircraft used in subsequent flights, nor say whether any of them were armed.

Japan and South Korea also flew military aircraft through the area last week without informing Beijing. On Friday, China scrambled jets after two US spy planes and 10 Japanese aircraft, including F-15 fighters, entered the zone.

Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said it was "incorrect" to suggest China would shoot down aircraft which entered the zone without first identifying themselves.

Ties between China and Japan have been strained for months by a dispute over a group of islands, called the Diaoyus by China and the Senkakus by Japan.

"It's important for both sides to take a calm approach and deal with the situation according to international norms," Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera told state broadcaster NHK yesterday.

Onodera said the Japanese military had not noted any Chinese aircraft in the zone.

Reuters, Bloomberg, Agence France-Presse


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At least the Americans have made the prudent decision to keep the innocent out of harm's way should any unfortunate misunderstanding occur in the fly zone. That can't be said about the Japanese who, like always, are more concerned with face than anything else. It is one thing to risk the lives of the military, but totally irresponsible to risk lives of the innocent.
little bit of face saving gesture by the yanks there :) The yanks should persuade the JPs to negotiate with CCP or at least put this back into back burner.
The interesting contrast between the U.S. government's advice and the Japanese government's advice to the civilian airlines speaks out the fact that, the extreme rightist phantom in Japan who launched so many invasion wars during WWII in East Asia has not been completely uprooted by the U.S. government despite the overhaul of the political system orchestrated by the U.S. government along the post war period. The "surgery" has never been completed because in 1951, Stalin gave permission to Kim Il Sung to attack S. Korea, US had to put aside the "surgery" mission and revive Japan so as to help US fighting the Cold War. The Rightists in Japan then got a chance to find shelter and to breed again. What a "legacy" left behind by the Korean War ~
The act of the U.S. government advising the civil aviation to respect China's demand for advance notification when flying into the zone is a true reflection on the genuine humanity of the society of the U.S. It is exactly a good contrast to the fact that the Japanese government's advising to her civilian airlines to put her own civilians' lives to risk for the sake of defending the position in a dispute with neighbouring country. Isn't that familiar to you, Japanese citizens? Isn't exactly what the rightists had done to your country during WWII when the imperial army led government was brain washing the people with "Tora Tora Tora" or "Kamikaze" spirit? Wake up, Japanese people, do not let the extreme rightest **** heads sitting in the parliament control the fate of your beautiful country once again. Seriously learn from the history and fight to preserve the correct version of history.
all millitary air craft must abide or they have to be down ,there is no bargain on that
With Obama as America's leader, China has nothing to fear.
Obama has as much with as 猪八戒.
the prime issue is the millitary aircraft of any nature they must abide of they have to be down
I see no reason to tell China any thing, China thinks they own the world, if they build their ships and planes like they build everything else that comes out of china, the world has nothing to worry about.
America has no rights either to do as usual , Asia is not American region except for Guam , if they fly within Guam then its not China's business but outside Guam is not American air space
The US can wipe China off the face of the planet with just 2 of their 14 Ohio class submarines, which means that you and everyone you love *will* be vaporized if the Chinese military does indeed push too hard. It doesn't really matter which city you're in, a couple of Ohio class subs can wipe out 576 entire cities in one hit, I'm guessing you're in one of the target cities if you have the internet. Oh yeah, and the best part: from the time the order is given to the time that your body is split up into its individual atoms is around 25-30 minutes. There's no 'bargaining' there either.


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