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  • Oct 22, 2014
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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. 

Taiwan scrambles fighter jets after PLA spy planes 'repeatedly' breach airspace

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.

Wednesday, 27 August, 2014, 8:57am 4 comments

China and Japan continue to blame each other for jet encounter

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 denies brush with Chinese planes, demands Beijing withdraws footage

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

China, Japan trade blows as Beijing releases footage of military jets' close encounter

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

Chances of war between China and Japan increasing, says ex-PLA officer Luo Yuan

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

Beijing slams ‘irresponsible’ US warning on South China Sea

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

Rescue of blazing boat by frigate seen as PLA statement in East China Sea

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

US Secretary of State John Kerry vows to back Japan in East China Sea

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 says Japan's 'hype' over air defence zone spreads regional tension

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

Air defence zone in South China Sea is unlikely, say Chinese experts

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

Beijing considering new South China Sea air defence zone, says Japanese report

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

China scores in Abe row

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

US tries to take the middle path in Sino-Japanese relations

Since the Chinese declaration of an air defence identification zone in the East China Sea, the US has been adopting a skilful balancing strategy to rein in both Tokyo and Beijing. This strategy has been working well in several aspects.

3 Jan 2014 - 4:06am 2 comments

China’s PLA informed Japan on ADIZ in 2010: report

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

China ‘mulls revamping military regions in bid to strengthen attack capability’

China is considering reorganising its seven military regions into five in a bid to respond more swiftly to a crisis, the Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun reported on Wednesday.

1 Jan 2014 - 4:11pm