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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. 


Japan and South Korea hold joint exercise in China’s air defence zone

Rescue exercise near Suyan Rock is seen as sending out a strong signal to Beijing, but two nations are at odds over commercial flights

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 December, 2013, 4:59pm
UPDATED : Friday, 13 December, 2013, 6:20pm

Japan and South Korea have conducted a joint naval exercise in an area covered by China's air defence identification zone - a move that is seen as sending a firm message to Beijing.

Both countries said that while they didn't inform the Chinese authorities, the joint maritime rescue drill was planned long before Beijing announced the controversial zone over the East China Sea. Under Chinese rules, all aircraft are required to report flight plans in advance.

The drill had been planned for a long time, since before China’s announcement

But yesterday's exercise added another complication to the issue, with the two countries divided over compliance by commercial flights.

Korean Air and Asiana Airlines said they would start to notify the Chinese authorities from yesterday, while Japan has told its commercial operators not to comply.

However, analysts said the Asian neighbours were sending a strong signal to China by choosing to carry out the exercise near Suyan Rock. The tiny, submerged rock has become the focus of renewed disputes between Beijing and Seoul since the air zone was declared on November 23.

A South Korean military official was quoted by the Yonhap news agency as saying that two destroyers and two helicopters from each side took part.

But neither side submitted flight plans to the Chinese authorities, the report said.

A Japanese naval spokesman confirmed the drill was conducted within China's air zone.

But he added: "The drill had been planned for a long time, since before China's announcement [of the air defence identification zone]. It was not organised in reaction [to the zone]."

South Korea extended its own air defence identification zone at the weekend to cover Suyan Rock - which it calls Ieodo - in an apparent protest against China's inclusion of the rock in its zone.

While UN maritime law says a state cannot claim territorial sovereignty over a submerged rock - Suyan lies 4.5 metres below the surface - both sides have sought administrative control over it.

Seoul currently has administrative control over the rock. It also falls under Japan's air defence identification zone, though Tokyo doesn't make claims to it.

Scott Harold, a political scientist with the Rand Corporation think tank, said Seoul intended to send a message to Beijing, through the joint exercise, that it would continue to be active around the disputed area.

He said that while relations between Japan and South Korea had been strained over the past 15 months and disputes between the two persisted, China's air defence zone had inadvertently brought the two countries closer.

"This drill is a very low-cost and politically safe way for Japan to signal to South Korea that, while they have disputes on other issues, on this one they could work together," Harold said.

Beijing has so far not responded to the joint exercise.

Bloomberg, Agence France-Presse


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Wrong metaphor
A simple-minded interpretation of biased history
A brainwashed view of China thru a western prism
The ADIZ is beginning to work
The drill provides the Chinese an harmless opportunity of practical exercise
unlike those western powers seek
thru massacres and weapon testings in Muslim countries
It serves as a notice to targeted countries:
you have been warned and are liable to self-incurred consequences
China is honorably clear about the country’s legitimate purposes
unlike Japan, a nation with the despicable history of
Mukden, Pearl Harbor, mass suicides and more in Okinawa, …
an incorrigible criminal working on another evil plot
Nonsense. If so, India should claim the whole Indian Ocean as its territory.
impeccable logic there Mr Salinger
Great to see South Korea setting aside all those hatred and is now willing to collaborate with Japan for maintaining genuine peace and stability in the region. Great news indeed. Well done to both countries.
You might have a point there. Gulf of Mexico is a sore point with the US. After all, all present US continental possessions West of Mississippi River were stolen outright, fair and square from Mexico and indigenous Indians during the 19th Century.
Just imagine, had Mexico remained the only superpower in Latin and North Americas, it would dominate the global labor market with migrants in vegetable farming, viniculture, dangerous construction work, landscaping, roofing, and numerous menial tasks that white entitlement babies refuse to have any part of.
Without the US global hegemon, the Chinese could also pursue their traditional areas of excellence in hand laundry and take-out foods. With HKers and mainlanders living in peaceful, blissful ignorance under our former British colonial masters, socializing in opium dens franchised by Western financial and business geniuses, we Chinese would be the most loved people in the world.
Indeed, this is the Democracy dream of many of my fellow HKers, who have found solidarity with the CCP in defending China's territorial integrity offensive because such actions provoke the West's divide-and-conquer scheme, the pillar of global stability and foundation to clueless self-government.
haha... your missing the point here. If China don't realize this as a protest and suddenly now 2 nations are united for common cause, its bad and sad news for China. This is the problem with Chinese Govt, they don't consult and take actions too soon but always speak contrary to what they do, I hear 100 times they talk about being diplomatic but they are hypocrites. Anyways this is how communist party works. Good for Japan... :D
In the past it was the West who bullied others around the world. Now that the tables are turning and the West is becoming poorer while the Chinese become richer, it is China's turn to bully its way. It's China's turn to rape and pillage the developing world as they do in Africa for its resources. Perhaps next they will claim the North pole based upon some 10,000 year old map discovered in a tomb in Tibet or Taiwan. Or, perhaps because the Chinese beat Columbus to America, they will claim that America is theirs and will file a case to the UN. Impressive leaps and bounds at mass brainwashing have been achieved time and time again. After all, they print in their passports that the entire South China Sea up to the borders of the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc. is but of course their own to plunder. It’s no wonder everyone will now bow to the Mao. Even so called independent newspapers in Hong Kong print Taiwan stories in the "China section". The reality is we created the China of today. It is us who through our decade’s long pursuit of economies of scale have handed them our money and financed their expansion. The people of China are fantastic with an impressive entrepreneurial spirit. It's the administration that needs to start learning from the past, from its own as well as others'. When the caring party claims their utter disregard for the environment and their people's health is good for national defence, that schoolyard bully looks to be more a national joke.
China's air defence zone appears to have instantly become the CY Leung of air defence zones: everybody knows about it, there is a lot of noise about it, but it is otherwise useless and nobody respects it.
If all countries draw their own air defence zones to an area they share, then the zones become meaningless. Let put the life back to normal.



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