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It’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt. The Japanese government said Thursday that it flew military aircraft through China’s self-designated air defense zone to test China’s response, of which there was none. The government of South Korea also said that it flew surveillance airplanes through the zone on Wednesday without telling the Chinese. The recently expanded Chinese air defense zone covers disputed areas between multiple Asian countries, and set off a series of challenges, first from the U.S. and now two of its Asian rivals.
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Nov 28, 2013 1:35 pm EST
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China has sent warplanes to its newly declared air defence zone in the East China Sea, state media reports.
The vast zone, announced last week, covers territory claimed by China, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea.
China has said all planes transiting the zone must file flight plans and identify themselves, or face “defensive emergency measures”.
But Japan, South Korea and the US have all since flown military aircraft through the area.
Japanese restraint in the face of Chinese efforts to modify the status quo is currently keeping the peace, potentially to the detriment of Japan’s claim to the island”
James ManicomExpert, China-Japan security issues
The new dispute in an already tense region has raised concerns it could escalate into an unplanned military incident.
China’s state news agency Xinhua quoted air force spokesman Col Shen Jinke as saying several fighter jets and an early warning aircraft had been deployed to carry out routine patrols as “a defensive measure and in line with international common practices”. read more at BBC
The zone includes a groups of islands known as Diaoyu in Chinese and Senkaku by Japan
Effective this weekend, China’s government declared an Air Defense Identification Zone that includes a significant part of disputed areas in the East China Sea. As the U.S. and Japanese governments express concern over Chinese posturing in the hotly disputed area, Chinese netizens are applauding the move.
In an official statement regarding the ADIZ, established on Saturday at 10 a.m., China’s Ministry of National Defense announced that flight plans and other identifying information would be required for all aircraft operating in that zone. “If an aircraft doesn’t supply its flight plan, China’s armed forces will adopt emergency defensive measures in response,” the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported. “The announcement states that China’s Ministry of National Defense has full administrative rights over the zone.”
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel released an official statement on the ADIZ, expressing deep concern. “We view this development as a destabilizing attempt to alter the status quo in the region,” he said, adding that the unilateral decision by China “increases the risk of misunderstanding and miscalculations” in the region. Hagel also affirmed that the U.S. remains aligned with its allies in the region, specifically Japan. The territorial dispute involves mainly the cluster of islands referred to by Japan as the Senkaku and by China as the Diaoyu. Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said “one-sided action” will potentially “trigger unpredictable events” and “cannot be allowed.”
The Diaoyou/ Senkaku island dispute has been several years in the making. China’s public has mostly expressed praise for the ADIZ, extolling Beijing’s decision to defend Chinese sovereignty. On Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, conversation on the disputed area exploded, with more than 200,000 posts mentioning the published air defense map. “Now, our might will match our words,” one Chinese blogger wrote in response to the ADIZ. “Claiming what is ours and now defending what is ours,” another said …Read on HERE
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