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Saturday, 30 November 2013


US military forces operating in China air zone

nescafe ais - 23:26

US military chiefs insist they can not modification their operations despite a move by China to scramble fighter jets to monitor American and Japanese aircraft in Beijing's newly declared air defence zone.

China flew warplanes into its air defence identification zone (ADIZ) on Friday, Chinese state media said,

nearly per week when it announced the zone, that covers islands at the centre of a dispute between Beijing and Tokyo, raising regional tensions.

The Xinhua report indicated that Japan and the United States are continuing to disregard China's demands that aircraft submit flight plans when traversing the realm in the East China Ocean or face unspecified "defensive emergency measures".

"We have flights routinely transiting international airspace throughout the Pacific, as well as the area China is as well as in their ADIZ," Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said on Friday.

"These flights are in keeping with long-standing and well-known US freedom of navigation policies that are applied in many areas of operation around the planet. I can ensure that the US has and can continue to operate in the world as normal."

Chinese air force spokesman Shen Jinke earlier said many combat aircraft were scrambled to "verify the identities" of US and Japanese aircraft coming into the air defence zone, in keeping with Xinhua.

The Chinese planes, that included at least 2 fighter jets, identified two US surveillance aircraft and 10 Japanese aircraft together with an F-15 warplane, Shen said.

The United States, South Korea, Japan and alternative countries have accused Beijing of accelerating regional tensions with its new air defence zone.

Japan and South Korea each said Thursday they had disregarded the ADIZ, showing a united front once US B-52 bombers additionally entered the area.

Chinese media decision for 'timely countermeasures'

But Beijing is facing considerable internal pressure to say itself. China's state media called Friday for "timely countermeasures while not hesitation" if Japan violates the zone.

Washington has security alliances with each Tokyo and Seoul, and analysts say that neither China nor Japan -- the planet's second and third-biggest economies, and major trading partners of each alternative -- want to have interaction in armed conflict.

The Global Times newspaper, which usually takes a more nationalistic tone than China's government, said in a piece of writing Friday: "We ought to do timely countermeasures without hesitation against Japan when it challenges China's newly declared ADIZ."

The paper, that is close to the ruling Communist party, said: "We tend to are willing to interact in a very protracted confrontation with Japan."

But it shied removed from threatening Washington, which sent large Stratofortress bombers inside the zone, issuing an unmistakable message.

"If the US will not go too way, we can not target it in safeguarding our air defence zone," the paper said.

The Communist party seeks to bolster its public support by tapping into deep-seated resentment of Japan for its brutal invasion of the country in the Thirties.

Such passions are easily ignited, and posters on Chinese social media networks have urged Beijing to act.

China's rules covering the zone need aircraft to supply their flight set up, declare their nationality and maintain two-manner radio communication -- or face unspecified "defensive emergency measures".

Both Japan and Washington have ADIZs of their own, and China accuses them of double standards, though China's zone includes a rock that's disputed between Beijing and Seoul, in addition to islands controlled by Japan and claimed by China.

Japan denies that there's a dispute over the islands, and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga declined Friday to be drawn on reports that a Chinese envoy had steered fitting a mechanism to prevent mid-air incidents.

"Our country's principle is that we tend to will assert our position firmly in an exceedingly stern but calm manner," Suga said. "And we have a tendency to keep the window of dialogue open."

The Yomiuri Shimbun reported that the United States and Japan planned to boost military cooperation in the world, with Tokyo permanently stationing E-2C early-warning planes in Okinawa, and US Global Hawk unmanned drones expected to be operated from Japan soon.

The European Union added its voice to the criticism of the zone on Friday, with its top foreign affairs official Catherine Ashton saying it "contributes to raising tensions in the region".

At a daily briefing Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang dismissed her remarks, saying: "Ms Ashton knows that at intervals the EU, some countries have ADIZs, thus I don't recognize if that means the case in Europe is obtaining a lot of tense."

US Vice President Joe Biden is visiting the region next week, and administration officers said that while in Beijing he can raise Washington's considerations about the ADIZ, and China's assertiveness towards its neighbours.

The Philippines has voiced concern that China might extend control of air house over disputed areas of the South China Sea, where the two nations have a separate territorial dispute



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