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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. 


Beijing slams ‘irresponsible’ US warning on South China Sea

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 February, 2014, 11:16pm
UPDATED : Monday, 10 February, 2014, 11:17pm

China condemned the US Pacific air force commander on Monday for “irresponsible remarks” after he warned it would be provocative if Beijing declared an air defence zone over the South China Sea.

The response ratchets up a war of words also involving the Philippines and Japan over territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas respectively.

Beijing set up an “air defence identification zone” (ADIZ) over the latter waters in November that included contested islands claimed by it and Tokyo, prompting condemnation by Washington.

Amid concerns Beijing may do the same to assert territorial claims in the South China Sea, US Pacific Air Force Commander Herbert Carlisle said on Sunday such a step would be “very provocative”.

At a regular press briefing on Monday, China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying hit back, saying that “setting up an air defence identification zone is a reasonable right for any sovereign state to exercise.

“Relevant officials should reflect carefully on what standing they have to make any irresponsible remarks about China’s exercising its own reasonable and legitimate rights.”

Pointing out that the US and other countries also have ADIZs, she asked, “Why can only China not (do the same)?”

“We hope that relevant countries and officials can stop making irresponsible comments,” she said.

Beijing requires aircraft flying through its ADIZ to identify themselves and maintain communication with Chinese authorities, but the zone is not a claim of sovereignty.

Carlisle also criticised recent actions by Manila and in particular Tokyo, saying that many countries needed to act to de-escalate tensions.

“Some of the things, in particular that have been done by Japan, they need to think hard about what is provocative to other nations,” he said in an interview in Singapore with the US news agency Bloomberg.

Last week Philippine President Benigno Aquino compared China’s efforts to seize disputed territories to Nazi Germany’s actions before the second world war, and urged world leaders not to repeat the mistake of appeasement – comments Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei dismissed as “unreasonable”.

Meanwhile China and Japan have slammed one another over disputed islands, as well as Beijing’s grievances over Japan’s history of imperial aggression until its defeat in 1945.

Tensions spiked even further after Japan’s nationalistic Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in December visited the Yasukuni shrine, which commemorates Japan’s war dead, including a handful of war criminals executed at the end of second world war.

In opinion pieces in January, both countries’ ambassadors to the UK invoked the fictional evil wizard of the Harry Potter series, Voldemort, in accusing the other side of escalating the conflict.

On Friday Beijing had denounced a US official’s call for China to clarify or adjust its claims in the South China Sea, calling the remarks “irresponsible”.

Beijing claims the sea almost in its entirety, even areas a long way from its shoreline, but portions are also claimed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.


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In case of war with the US and Japan, China will have no friends or allies.
China needs to upgrade its efforts in order to win friends and global support.
The useless PRC propaganda will not work.
China need allies and friends.
Ten or twenty years of reforming the economy, gaining friends and allies to undermine the encirclement engineered by the US and Japan, would give China the strength and opportunity to handle any situation.
Unfortunately, this will happen.
The rich and corrupt are leaving China and taking all the loot they've stolen.
Woe is China!
It would be mistake for china to engage in any war with usa and japan now. If it is only japan, my money is on china but unfortunately, it is not.
the earlier a conflict however limited is better off for the us/japan cause they still enjoys a sea/air advantage. this is exactly what they are attempting to lure. China should not fall into this trap.
The consequences are obvious. China will lose all their legitimate claims for east and south china seas and all monetary in us$ in america will be forfeited by default or worse case scenario, possibly tibet or xinxiang and chaotic will divide china into parts and pieces.
China should exercise patience and take a longer term look at this. the gap in air/naval military capabilities are narrowing yearly and the usa military faces increasing temptations to provoke an early confrontation thru proxy and using japan to instigate whenever is convenience while knowing china capabilities are still in the early stages and weak comparatively.
The smart move would be to build up their economy while enhancing their military capacity. What is another 10 or 20 years to china. Hopefully by then, china will emerge as the country dat is responsible and duly respected. Lets hope no matter how disagreeable between any parties, war is never a first option or even the last option.
repeated so I conveniently deleted this post


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