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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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China confident of no military conflict over air defence zones

None of the governments involved want to risk instability in the region, analysts say, as Australia calls for a reduction in tensions

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 December, 2013, 6:27am
UPDATED : Sunday, 08 December, 2013, 6:27am
 

Beijing is confident regional tensions will stabilise without military conflict after neighbouring countries and the United States have had time to adjust to its air defence identification zone, Chinese analysts said.

The Ministry of National Defence's creation of the zone over most of the East China Sea two weeks ago has drawn a mix of criticism, condemnation and defiance from China's neighbours, including relatively friendly ones.

South Korea, for instance, is preparing to expand its own zone to cover a disputed rock. Its president, Park Geun-hye, who has been seen as more open to expanded Chinese ties than her predecessors, announced plans to work closely with US on the issue after meeting US Vice-President Joe Biden on Friday.

The sabre-rattling was unlikely to result in a conflict because none of the governments involved wanted to risk instability in the region, said Shi Yinhong , an international relations professor at Renmin University. He said Beijing approached the zone's creation "patiently and skilfully".

"That's why we haven't seen any actual conflicts so far, because the three sides - Beijing, Washington and Tokyo - all made efforts to prevent any military stand-offs in the air."

Shi believed the zone was there to stay and other nations would have to accept it. "It's impossible for Beijing to withdraw [it]."

Criticism of the zone continued yesterday, as visiting Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop ignored warnings from Beijing and reiterated concerns about the move.

"Australia is concerned about peace and stability in our region and we don't want to see any escalation of tensions," she said in Beijing. "We want to see a de-escalation."

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday warned Australia against "undermining bilateral mutual trust" by criticising the air defence zone.

Meanwhile, the US urged Beijing to "immediately lower tensions" and set up an emergency hotlines to avoid confusion in the disputed area.

"China should work with other countries, including Japan and South Korea, to establish confidence-building measures, including emergency communications channels to address the dangers that its recent announcement has created," US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

Jin Canrong , of Renmin University's school of international studies, said Beijing had certainly expected such responses. "China has been well-prepared for all possible scenarios, including possible conflicts between fighter jets from China and Japan," Jin said. "Unless the US decides to get directly involved, everything so far is under control for Beijing."

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caractacus
Bo llo cks.
China is re-emerging as an imperialist power and is out to get what it can with no regard for international law or any civilised standards.
guy.pant
Under Murica, the land of Oz thinks it can exert its true colors towards Beijing while every nation (including papa Murica) ignores Ozzie's 40% territorial claims of Antarctica.
sino.capitals@gmail.com
i certainly do not consider it to be escalation or expansion but america should not keep on routine as usual with that sort of unheeding attitude ,america should revere chinese authority inside chinese regional rights , any military plane should be drowned if it refuses to comply.
ejmciii
Well of course you don't. You are on the payroll of those doing the escalation. Gee, who saw that coming.
be.way.5
The little ugly Aussie dog is barking insanely thinking that there is another family bulldog sitting beside to support him. One day, the Aussie dog will have its rotten teeth pull out and then spanked real hard as a warning that Asians are not to be bullied by a bunch of ex-convicts descendants
ejmciii
Yeah, whatever Beijing boy. Keep dreaming.
lib_hk

Aussies ultimately don't think. They pose for the US and are paid to do so.
hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
idiocy started by japan by nationalizing the island and breaking gentlemen handshake to differ the dispute....thus, the consequences. if only those knew china mean business ...well...what can I say....
ejmciii
The islands were owned by private Japanese citizens and were purchased by the government. You Chinese tools are a riot.
hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
if those island are truly and rightfully belongs to japan, why did both premiers even have this discussion back then ? both premiers then were wise people and to put it into cold storage ....obviously we all knows there is a DISPUTE....just how clear do we need to emphasize this...
lets say for argument sake...to administer does not imply that you owe them. It's like i am the CEO of this company and i run the company but does that mean I OWN the company...geez...
I find your argument lack substance and your view is typical one way street....

true...riot is wrong to express their frustration but neither is stealing what is outright not yours to begin with....so who is more wrong...

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