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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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Beijing's air defence zone aimed at making Tokyo negotiate, analysts say

Beijing is just trying to force Tokyo back to negotiating table to settle the Diaoyu dispute, analysts say, with military clashes unlikely

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 01 December, 2013, 6:22am
UPDATED : Sunday, 01 December, 2013, 6:22am

China hopes to force Japan back to the negotiating table over disputed islands in the East China Sea by establishing an air defence identification zone (ADIZ) there, analysts say.

Beijing's declaration of the zone last week attracted criticism - and warplanes - from Japan and its ally the United States, and drew the ire of South Korea and Taiwan, whose own air defence zones partly overlap Beijing's.

But analysts said Beijing's primary goal remained pressing Tokyo to forsake its stance over the Diaoyu Islands, which Japan calls the Senkakus.

"The biggest concern is the overlapping of Chinese and Japanese air zones, including the airspace above the disputed Diaoyu Islands … that implies the risk of a clash between both sides' fighter jets increasing," said Professor Liu Jiangyong , an expert on Sino-Japanese relations at Tsinghua University.

"To reduce such risk, it has became more pressing for both sides to sit down and negotiate the dispute over the Diaoyus," Liu said. "That has been all along what China asked for: Japan has to acknowledge there is a sovereignty dispute."

Xu Guangyu , a retired People's Liberation Army general, agreed.

"The eventual purpose is to force Japan to sit down with China, to avoid miscalculation and escalation," Xu said.

Japanese news agency Kyodo has reported that Tang Jiaxuan , a former state councillor overseeing foreign policy, put forward the proposal during a meeting with Japanese politicians in Beijing on Wednesday.

"Similar to the established bilateral crisis-management mechanism by Chinese and Japanese defence departments at sea, management for aviation activities is necessary, and this issue should be discussed," Tang reportedly told his guests.

But the proposal apparently was not well received in Tokyo.

On Friday, Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said his country "cannot accept any negotiation request from the Chinese side over how the ADIZ should be operated".

"Under the Chinese air defence identification zone, the Senkaku Islands become Chinese territory, so Japan cannot accept it," the Financial Times quoted Onodera as saying.

Professor Ni Lexiong , a Shanghai-based military expert, said Beijing might also be aware that if the air zone works in settling the situation with Japan, it could send a signal to claimants in its other territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

"President Xi Jinping may have found the country now in a somewhat similar situation to what it once faced during Mao Zedong's days - coupling domestics politics with formidable foreign threats," Ni said. "He may have to resort to Mao's strongman approach."

Analysts said the chance of a real military clash between China and other parties remained limited. Peng Tinghua, a freelance military blogger, said: "Other countries like South Korea and the US have also reacted fiercely on [ADIZ]. But China is not targeting them. Forget a direct confrontation with the US."

Liu of Tsinghua University said: "In its protests, Japan is acting like a kid losing his temper."

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hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
largely ignored by the press deliberately....the problem started with japan unilateral nationalizing those rocks even after both sides agreed to shelved the issues. repeated warnings not to do so was blatantly ignored in a ( i don't give a beep fashion about you china feelings ).
well...if the **** are feeling angry, frustrated or incense or whatever with china unilateral zone that includes those rocks, geez...I don't know...
blame china for ( I also don't give a beep at your feelings ) ??
maybe the western media should look into how ( why did nobody raise this issue with japan n warn them of the consequences ) and why ( why china was force to step up the game ) and instead of just simply making bias propaganda...
call me anything you want but the facts remains it was japanese that has chosen this path....
the choices are really simple as abc for japan
1. sit down and negotiate with china secretly and work on a compromise solution ( face saving to avoid backlash from domestic for both countries...something westerner does not understand ).
2. continue this childish chicken game ...
3. war for those useless rocks ( worth it ??? )
lib_prc

Japan's refusal to negotiate is the root cause but Japan is very proud as it has cheerleaders like SCMP while China has none...
jiawang@adb.org
Hope China finds the war it wants.
 
 
 
 
 

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