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Saturday, 23 November 2013

China Expands Defense Zone to Include Islands Claimed by Japan...

China's defense ministry has released an air defense zone map for the East China Sea that includes islands controlled by Japan, but claimed by China.

In a statement on its website Saturday, the ministry said that under a new set of rules, all aircraft entering the zone must notify Chinese authorities and are subject to emergency military measures if they do not identify themselves or obey orders from Beijing. The statement said the rules went into effect on Saturday.

There was no immediate response from Japan, but earlier this month, Japan scrambled fighter jets in the East China Sea after it spotted what it said was an unmanned aircraft flying toward Japan.


The islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Daioyu in China, are uninhabited, but surrounded by rich fishing grounds and potential energy deposits.

Japan annexed the islets in the late 19th century. China claimed sovereignty over the archipelago in 1971, saying ancient maps show it has been Chinese territory for centuries.
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-expands-defense-zone-to-include-islands-claimed-by-japan/1796163.html
23/11/13

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  1. China bolsters East China Sea claim, warns of 'defensive measures' ...

    China on Saturday laid claim to a block of airspace over islands at the heart of a dispute with Japan in the East China Sea, threatening "defensive emergency measures" against aircraft that do not comply with new identification rules.

    The Xinhua news agency published a map and coordinates of the area It called "the East China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone" as well as Defence Ministry identification rules for aircraft in the area, which covers most of the Sea.

    The rules are likely to anger Japan.

    Ties between the Asian powers have been strained for months by the dispute over the islands, called the Diaoyu in China and the Senkaku in Japan, which are believed to be surrounded by energy-rich waters.

    Patrol ships from both countries have been shadowing each other near the islets, raising fears that a confrontation could develop into a clash.
    http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/China-bolsters-East-China-Sea-claim-warns-of-defensive-measures-332723
    23/11/13

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