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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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EAST CHINA SEA

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
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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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whymak
jdsalinger:
With your nom de plume, I thought it best to compose a small reply after the fashion of Mark Twain. It's evident that you're now flummoxed, but not evoked connotatively by my silly "communique."
You have to agree with me there are far too many illiterate, deranged, hate-China readers-writers in these pages; mockery is sometimes the only open avenue to communications, or the semblance of such.
In any event, I happen to concur with many "facts" you quoted. Though myself just another banana educated beyond my intelligence, rest assured that I indulge in no self-hate demonstrations like Anson Chan and other despicable pan democrats commonly seen in HK public venues.
Your reaction illustrates why acerbic writing style in newspapers is not for all seasons, even for literate readers.
relevantparties
Yep brainwashed...pslhk case in hand....when your government doesn't censor and restrict any news deemed negative to "the Mao" from its people and allows freedom of speech in your country without a bunch of thugs showing up in a white van to beat demonstrators senseless or disappear them for a month, then you can stand up and argue your point....has that happened to one of your family members before???? it has to mine...I do not wish that experience upon anyone, but should it by chance happen to one of yours, perhaps you will then realise that all the information you have been hand fed by the masters of your universe is all a bunch of bs designed to control you and keep a so called "harmonious society"....Maybe you can explain the necessity for the Great Firewall of China for us? Please Mr. Mao, tear down that wall....until then....brainwashed buddy....open your eyes...
chinook
You unknown character is not even know and you are a american nationalist that causing trouble by spreading propaganda to asia.
relevantparties
American? No I'm not....but I am guessing your employer is the CPC and your job is to cruise websites like SCMP to blindly defend your party....money actually can only buy so much harmony....it can't guarantee it
cardcardso@yahoo.com
Very well said.
whymak
jd.salinger:
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.
jd.salinger.3154
Look. It is either:
1) You were writing under the influence of sake;
2) You had a British/C of E sanctioned "education" that seems to be rather prevalent in Hong Kong and among the ASEAN countries; or
3) You grew up watching way too much TV.
Otherwise, you would have had a more accurate understanding of historical events and a less warped view of the world.
.
All you need is to look at that map and use some reasoning/thinking. By the way, Mongolia was part of the Great Qing, the land was vast; thus, it is simply erroneous to assume the people living in those centuries on such a vast piece of land would all have been engaged in some phony "opium" wars or to assume most people would have even heard of the events. Besides, there was no resources in Hong Kong to 'colonize' at the time, maybe except a few villages; however, it was an ideal place for money laundering and this explains how Hong Kong has evolved into a financial hub today. When the Federal Reserve was established in 1913, it was one year after Sun Yat-sen founded the Republic of China until Mao took over in 1949. Historically, China's legal tender had mostly been silver/gold, thus, it is safe to say the Qing court was sternly against central banking backed by the West (including Japan); otherwise, China wouldn't have been the target of systematic terrorism and hatred in the past few centuries. If you can understand how currency works, whatever you called "democracy" was only a mirage.
jd.salinger.3154
On top of that, there is the British fairy tale "Jack and the Beanstalk", and there is Brian Henson's "Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story". Mind what you read.
raglan
A joint rescue exercise is hardly a firm message, actually it's a very weak message; if you want to make a point, conduct a live-fire exercise.....
johnrai7
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

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