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China claims contested airspace over islands, sets defense zone

Published time: November 24, 2013 03:07
AFP Photo / Mark Ralston

AFP Photo / Mark Ralston

Japan and US are outraged after Beijing has declared eight uninhabited islands at the center of a territorial dispute with Tokyo part of China’s new aerial zone, warning of “defensive emergency measures” if the zone is violated.

Saturdays’ Statement by China’s Defense Ministry says that any Japanese planes in the vicinity of Senkaku/ Diaoyu Islands need to submit their flight patterns to China’s Foreign Ministry or civil aviation administration and they must maintain radio contact with Chinese authorities.

“The Chinese government has followed common international practices in the establishment of the zone, with aims of protecting its state sovereignty and territorial and airspace security, and maintaining flying orders. It is a necessary measure in China's exercise of self-defense rights. It has no particular target and will not affect the freedom of flight in relevant airspace,” China's Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told Xinhua.

The Chinese Air Force also conducted its first air patrol flights over the islands of the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone.

"The patrol is in line with international common practices, and the normal flight of international flights will not be affected," Shen Jinke, spokesman for Air Force told Xinhua.

Shen said that the Chinese armed forces will tackle air threats to protect the security of the country's airspace. 

AFP Photo / Antoine Bouthier

Japan which also claims the territory as its own, in a statement by the Japanese Foreign Ministry, said that the creation of the airspace by the Chinese is “totally unacceptable and extremely regrettable.”

“Unilaterally establishing such airspace and restricting flights in the area is extremely dangerous as it may lead to miscalculation in the area,” the statement said.

Upon the announcement US Secretary of state said that he was “deeply concerned” about the situation.
“This unilateral action constitutes an attempt to change the status quo in the East China Sea,” Kerry said. “Escalatory action will only increase tensions in the region and create risks of an incident.”

“We urge China not to implement its threat to take action against aircraft that do not identify themselves or obey orders from Beijing,”
Kerry said.

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called the situation “a destabilizing attempt to alter the status quo,” saying that the US will still conducts military operations in the region.

Many than 20 countries, including Japan and the US enforce airspace identification zones where the aircraft flying over or next to it are required to identify themselves in the interest of national security.

The tensions over East China Sea islands have reached new levels of tension after the Japanese government bought three of the eight islands from a private owner in September 2012. The zone is believed to be surrounded by energy-rich waters abundant in oil, natural gas and fish.

Comments (35)


An Nguyen 09.02.2014 21:33

China just like a big tiger , and it will be surrounded by a pack of small dogs. Japan , Philippine, Taiwan , India and Vietnam will be alliance to stop the suicide dreaming to be a leader in asia/the world. Not counting on the big tiger as US is supporting the alliance. May be this is the prophecy have to be happened. Then the world will have to come together and live peacefully with power of love(GOD). Open your eyes , world's leader , before it's too late to commit your big sin with GOD.


Rafasa Arandas 04.12.2013 03:46

Russia, Russia, do you or do you not remember your own wars with the Chinese? When China rises, what do you think your country will become?


joe pet 28.11.2013 22:16

The chinesse are used to this uncle sam provocation,they'are using japan to play a'very dangerous game that will backfire on them,china doesnt not need support from russia,they have all it take to defeat uncle sam and their puppet in the rigion,have we forgot the korean war how the chinesse dismantle uncle same not to achieve their goal.also with the soviet union how china fought to take what rightfully belong to them and also with with indian how the dismantle the puppet of uncle sam,sis time for uncle sam to realised that their reign and domination is at the end cuz nothing last for ever.

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