Thursday, November 28, 2013

PLA (People’s Liberation Army) pledges to defend East China Sea (video cctv). -Japanese military planes defy China's new air zone.

China’s defense ministry has been addressing the international reaction to the new East China Sea air defense identification zone.
The ministry says the zone does not signify an expansion of China’s territorial air space but rather it helps to improve effective safeguarding of the area.
The Ministry of National Defense held a press conference on Thursday, in the wake of some strong reaction to the zone from outside China.
More exercises in the East China Sea. More training missions for China’s first aircraft carrier — the Liaoning.
And now, in a bid to strengthen control and monitoring of the area, the People’s Liberation Army is shifting its focus from sea to air.

“The purpose of East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone, is to safeguard territorial and airspace security. It’s also a necessary measure to effectively exercise China’s right of self defense,” said Yang Yujun, Spokesman of Chinese Defense Ministry.
China announced its new Air Defense Identification Zone on Saturday. But it overlaps with a similar zone operated by Japan for several decades.
And crucially, both zones cover the disputed Diaoyu islands. The army says the key purpose of the zone is purely to identify foreign aircraft.
“The identification zone is not a territorial airspace. It’s an area demarcated outside territorial airspace, and to establish an early warning mechanism and ensure our air security. It does not mean the expansion of territorial air space; it helps to improve the effectiveness of safeguarding China’s territorial airspace,” said Yang.
The ministry says the new zone is designed to identify, monitor, control and react, based on each situation and any potential threat.
But it IS believed that the new zone provides a legal basis for military activities around the Diaoyu Islands.
The situation over the Diaoyu islands worsened when the Mayor of Tokyo wanted to purchase the islands and unilaterally change the status quo a year ago.
The air defense zone is yet another counter measure taken by China to get better control over the territory. The consequence of this new measure is closely watched by all sides, and tension in the East China Sea could continue to rise in the future.
  •  Japanese military planes defy China's new air zone

Japanese military aircraft have defied China’s new Air Defense Identification Zone, and flown into the zone without informing China.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the planes, which flew into the zone on Thursday, were carrying out routine surveillance missions.
It comes a day after two US B52 bombers entered the zone without submitting flight plans to China in advance. The US also says it was merely carrying out planned exercises.


  1. China sends aircraft to new air-defense zone, but dials back warnings.....

    China responded on Thursday to growing international defiance of its new air-defense zone in the East China Sea both by sending advanced fighter jets to the area and trying to play down any threat of military retaliation—underlining the confusion and escalated tension over territorial disputes in East Asia.

    The announcement by China's air force that it had sent fighters and an early warning aircraft to patrol the zone came just a few hours after Japan and South Korea, following the U.S. lead, said their military aircraft had flown into the zone without notifying Beijing over the past few days, and would continue to do so........................

  2. Taiwan joins protest chorus over China air zone....

    TAIPEI: The Taiwanese government said Friday it was making representations to China after Beijing declared a controversial air zone in the East China Sea that has angered allies including the US and Japan.

    Taiwan's Ma Ying-jeou administration, which has been pushing for detente with Beijing since 2008, launched the belated protest following mounting pressure from the opposition.

    "Mainland China had not consulted in advance with Taiwan over the air defence identification zone in the East China Sea, resulting in the overlapping with our flight information region," the Cabinet said in a statement.

    The declared air zone includes disputed islands claimed by China, Japan, and Taiwan.

    "We think the move will not help facilitate positive development of ties across the Taiwan Straits. Therefore, we'll convey our solemn protest through (proper) channels," it said.................

    1. Chine et Taïwan vont se parler pour la première fois depuis 1949....

      La Chine et Taïwan nouent mardi un dialogue historique entre leurs gouvernements, pour la première fois depuis la fin de la guerre civile en 1949, dans un contexte de dégel des tensions et d'espoir d'échanges accrus au-dessus du détroit de Formose. Ces entretiens d'un niveau inédit ont pour cadre hautement symbolique Nankin, la ville de l'est que le camp nationaliste de Chiang Kai-shek avait choisie comme capitale. Wang Yu-chi, officiel taïwanais chargé des relations avec la Chine continentale, est arrivé mardi matin à Nankin pour y rencontrer son homologue Zhang Zhijun, chef du Bureau chinois des Affaires taïwanaises. Les pourparlers, dont l'ouverture devait être annoncée plus tard dans la journée, doivent se tenir jusqu'au 14.......................

    2. Taiwan, China Begin Landmark Talks in Mainland ....

      Taiwan's top policymaker on Beijing issues is in China for the first high-level meeting between the two sides since their civil war ended 65 years ago.

      Mainland Affairs Minister Wang Yu-chi landed early Tuesday in the southern city of Nanjing, where he will hold four days of talks with Chinese officials.

      Taiwan's Central News Agency said dozens of reporters were on hand to cover the historic visit, which comes amid warming relations across the Taiwan Strait.

      Later Tuesday, Wang will meet his Chinese counterpart, Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun. He will also travel with a 20-member delegation to Shanghai.

      There is no official agenda for the visit, which many expect to be a largely symbolic and confidence building measure.

      In announcing the trip last month, Wang said he would not be dealing with sensitive political issues, but will help establish a communication mechanism to avoid misunderstandings.

      Taiwan split from China following a civil war in 1949, but Beijing still regards it as a breakaway province that will someday be reunified with the mainland...............


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