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.
The U.S. military's most advanced spy plane flies over the disputed South China Sea and gets into a tense radio exchange with the Chinese navy, which tells the plane to "go away!"
Beijing's controversial ADIZ over the East China Sea has ensured safety and security, the Defence Ministry said, dismissing criticism that it had exacerbated regional tension.28 Nov 2014 - 9:18am 10 comments
Taiwan's air force scrambled fighter jets to track two mainland PLA surveillance planes that intruded on the island's air defence zone, the island's military said.27 Aug 2014 - 8:57am 4 comments
China and Japan are blaming each other for a close encounter between military jets over the East China Sea.14 Jun 2014 - 11:34am
Japan denied Beijing’s claims that two of its F-15 fighters came “dangerously close” to Chinese aircraft over the East China Sea, and demanded China take down the footage of the incident.13 Jun 2014 - 6:54pm 7 comments
Beijing took the unprecedented step of releasing photos and video clips of Japanese fighter jets flying "abnormally close" to a Chinese reconnaissance aircraft.13 Jun 2014 - 3:27pm 43 comments
A retired People's Liberation Army senior officer says a war with Japan over territorial disputes is becoming increasingly likely.3 Apr 2014 - 5:00pm 69 comments
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.10 Feb 2014 - 11:17pm 4 comments
A naval frigate came to the rescue of a Zhejiang fishing boat on fire near disputed waters in the East China Sea, shedding light on the People's Liberation Army's readiness to deploy in the region amid the simmering territorial spat with Japan.9 Feb 2014 - 4:13am 16 comments
Secretary of State John Kerry vowed that the United States would defend Japan against attack including over islands claimed by China as tensions boil between the Asian powers.9 Feb 2014 - 3:08am 16 comments
China does not feel threatened by countries in Southeast Asia and is optimistic about the situation in the disputed South China Sea, the foreign ministry said, warning Japan not to spread rumours it plans a new Air Defence Identification Zone.3 Feb 2014 - 8:15am 2 comments
On Friday, the United States warned Beijing against forming a new ADIZ following a report by the Asahi newspaper in Japan that PLA Air Force officials had drafted plans for a zone that could encompass the disputed Paracel and Spratly islands.2 Feb 2014 - 3:26am 12 comments
China is considering declaring a new Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the South China Sea, according to a Japanese report on Friday, a move likely to fan tensions in an area riven by territorial disputes.31 Jan 2014 - 10:38pm 4 comments
The jury may still be out on who is playing the role of Lord Voldemort in the row over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the Yasukuni Shrine last month. But so far China is reaping the benefits.13 Jan 2014 - 5:18pm 9 comments
A Japanese government delegation was briefed by senior members of the Chinese military over China’s decision to establish an air defence identification zone in the East China Sea as early as in 2010, the Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun reported, citing secret documents.2 Jan 2014 - 11:53am 1 comment