High Noon: China sends warplanes to newly declared air zone

November 28, 2013 CHINAChina has sent warplanes to its newly declared air defense 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 U.S. 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.” 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.” He said the country’s air force would remain on high alert and would take measures to deal with all air threats to protect national security. In Xinhua’s Chinese language version of the article, the colonel said the aircraft would “strengthen the monitoring of targets in the air defense zone and do their duty.” 
The controversial air defense identification zone (ADIZ) includes islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, which are claimed by Japan, China and Taiwan. Japan controls the islands, which have been the focus of a bitter and long-running dispute between Japan and China. The zone also covers a submerged rock that South Korea says forms part of its territory. China says the establishment of the zone was “completely justified and legitimate”, but it has been widely condemned. America, which called the move a “destabilizing attempt to alter the status quo in the region,” flew two unarmed B-52 bombers through the zone unannounced on Tuesday. South Korea’s Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said on Wednesday that it had made “already tricky regional situations even more difficult to deal with.” Seoul said one of its military planes also entered the zone on Tuesday. On Thursday, Japan said its aircraft had conducted routine “surveillance activity” over the East China Sea zone, but did not specify when. “Even since China has created this airspace defense zone, we have continued our surveillance activities as before in the East China Sea, including in the zone,” said Japan’s top government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga.” We are not going to change this [activity] out of consideration to China,” he added. South Korea and China held talks on the zone on Thursday, but failed to reach any agreement. –BBC
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4 Responses to High Noon: China sends warplanes to newly declared air zone

  1. Irene C says:

    This could get interesting if someone blinks.

  2. Freedom Fighter says:

    The beating of the drums intensifies.

    War is on the horizon……………….

  3. Dennis E. says:

    Recently, China posted potential West Coast targets that are within range of their nuclear submarine missiles. A warning,threat? Also, there was a report of a meteorite passing near Seattle but it is widely believed it was a Chinese missile test which has happened before.

    There seems to be something getting ready to happen in the east……

  4. Irene C says:

    WRAPUP 1-China military sends air patrols through new defence zone

    http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/11/29/japan-china-patrol-idINL2N0JD14R20131129

    Nov 29 (Reuters) – China sent several fighter jets and an early warning aircraft into its new air defence zone over the East China Sea on Thursday, state news agency Xinhua said, raising the stakes in a standoff with the United States, Japan and South Korea.

    Japan and South Korea also flew military aircraft through the zone on Thursday while Washington sent two unarmed B-52 bombers into the airspace earlier this week in a sign of support for its ally Japan. None of those aircraft informed Beijing.

    China last week announced that foreign aircraft passing through its new air defence zone – including passenger planes – would have to identify themselves to Chinese authorities. The zone includes the skies over islands at the heart of a territorial dispute between Japan and China.

    The Chinese patrol mission was “a defensive measure and in line with international common practices”, Xinhua cited air force spokesman Shen Jinke as saying.

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