China has unilaterally declared an "air-defense identification zone" (ADIZ) over a vast area of the East China Sea, covering disputed islands that are also claimed by Japan and Taiwan. China's ADIZ also brings China into conflict with Korea and Japan
China's defence ministry said that military aircraft entering the zone must obey its rules or face "emergency defensive measures." Japan refers to the islands as the Senkaku while Taiwan and China call them the Diaoyutai islands.
Japan has lodged a strong protest over what they call an "escalation." "Setting up such airspace unilaterally escalates the situations surrounding the Senkaku islands and has danger of leading to an unexpected situation," Japan's foreign ministry said in a statement.
Taiwan expressed regret at the move and promised that the military would take measure to protect national security.
The Chinese defense ministry said aircraft must report a flight plan, "maintain two-way radio communications," and "respond in a timely and accurate manner" to identification inquiries. "China's armed forces will adopt defensive emergency measures to respond to aircraft that do not cooperate in the identification or refuse to follow the instructions," the statement said.
The Chinese claimed that the zone came into effect last Saturday, November 23.
Defense ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said China set up the area "with the aim of safeguarding state sovereignty, territorial land and air security, and maintaining flight order."
"It is not directed against any specific country or target," Yang said. He also added that China "has always respected the freedom of over-flight in accordance with international law." So basically he just lied and wasted everyone's time.
Experts agree that China just wants to test its neighbors and the US. China's greed is boundless - it probably even has its eye on the new volcanic island that formed in Japanese waters last week. What do you think?
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