US carriers urged to comply with China air zone rules

 
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The US says it expects its civilian aircraft to observe China's rules in an air defence zone in the East China Sea.

A US statement said this did not mean the US accepted China's requirements in the zone covering territory claimed by China, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea.

China wants all aircraft there to file flight plans and identify themselves.

The US, Japan and South Korea say they have flown military aircraft in the area unannounced. But China said it scrambled fighter jets on Friday.

The move was to monitor US and Japanese aircraft in the zone.

'Firm but calm'

The air defence identification zone (ADIZ) covers a vast area of the East China Sea, including a group of islands claimed by Japan, China and Taiwan.

South Korea claims a submerged rock, known as Ieodo, also within the zone.

The establishment of the ADIZ has caused widespread anger, with the US state department calling it "an attempt to unilaterally change the status quo in the East China Sea" which will "raise regional tensions and increase the risk of miscalculation, confrontation and accidents".

But on Friday, the state department said the US government "generally expects that US carriers operating internationally will operate consistent with Notams [Notices to Airmen] issued by foreign countries".

Air defence identification zones

  • Zones do not necessarily overlap with airspace, sovereign territory or territorial claims
  • States define zones, and stipulate rules that aircraft must obey; legal basis is unclear
  • During WW2, US established an air perimeter and now maintains four separate zones - Guam, Hawaii, Alaska, and a contiguous mainland zone
  • UK, Norway, Japan and Canada also maintain zones

Source: aviationdevelopment.org

It added: "Our expectation of operations by US carriers consistent with NOTAMs does not indicate U.S. government acceptance of China's requirements for operating in the newly declared ADIZ."

Japan has instructed its aircraft not to observe China's rules. But a number of regional commercial airlines - including Singapore Airlines, Qantas and Korean Air - have said they will comply.

China announced on Thursday it was deploying warplanes in the area for surveillance and defence.

Then on Friday, Air Force spokesman Col Shen Jinke said warplanes had been scrambled that morning to monitor two US surveillance aircraft and 10 Japanese planes - including early warning aircraft, surveillance aircraft and fighter jets - crossing through the ADIZ.

Col Shen said the jets had tracked the flights and identified the planes, state media reports.

Japanese officials gave no details of the flights, but said they were continuing to conduct routine operations in the region and had encountered no "abnormal instances so far".

Earlier, China's foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said China had a right to patrol the region and that the ADIZ was not aimed at any specific country.

"If some worry has emerged about the situation, it's agitated by some individual countries," he told a regular briefing.

If disputes existed, China wanted to solve them through "peaceful means via friendly negotiation," he said.

Senkaku/Diaoyu islands (file image) China, Japan and Taiwan all claim islands lying within the air defence zone

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday that Japan would respond "firmly but in a calm manner" to China's move, the Kyodo news agency reports.

Foreign Minister Fumio Kushida said the issue would be discussed with US Vice-President Joe Biden, who is due to begin a three-day visit to Japan on Monday.

The disputed group of uninhabited islands in the zone are known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in Chinese.

They are controlled by Japan, but have been the subject of rising tensions in recent years because of their proximity to important shipping lanes, fishing grounds and potential fossil fuel reserves.

South Korea has complained to China that the ADIZ also overlaps its own similar defence zone, and encompasses the Ieodo rock.

Map of east china sea and declared air defence zone
 

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  • Comment number 459.

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    Comment number 458.

    I think China is testing water. It watches how much power US and Japan have. China is claiming many lands from India, Vietnam,Taiwan, Philippines etc. If US and Japan will not get tough against China, It will grabe many land. All land dispute should be solved deplomatically, not with power.

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    Comment number 457.

    Your no fly zone has been referred for further consideration.
    Your freedom of speech has been referred for further consideration.
    The beeb house rules have not been referred for further consideration, despite Mr Halls protestation about licence fee payers being considered as owners. Silly man.
    Does anyone know how I can set up my GPS warning just in case I decide to fly over the East China Sea,

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    Comment number 455.

    Just as China has exploited Africa and protected the murderous NK regimes - it now plans to exploit the moon to the benefit of only themselves (they still have to steal more technology to do it though).

    The Chinese are starting to sound like the imperial china that subjugated half of Asia. Many countries, including their fellow communist Vietnamese, haven't forgotten.

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    Comment number 454.

    @453.Someonewhocares

    While claiming authority in an airspace implies authority of the sea and land beneath (which may be the backstory to the Chinese ADIZ the US wants its commercial carriers to respect), the recovery costs of interplanetary mining render any similar resources there uneconomical.

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    Comment number 453.

    Have people been using bad words? Seems alot of erasing going on?

    When Great China land on the moon and discover no American flag was ever planted, who will be the laughing stock? You boast of winning WW2-but you funded it til you got bit, so shrink away usa whilst the Chinese mine the solar system waka waka waka. Anyway, what did the USA ever do for us? M&M's is all i can think of

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    Comment number 450.

    @443.The March Hare

    While claiming authority in an airspace implies authority of the sea and land beneath (which may be the backstory to the Chinese ADIZ the US wants its commercial carriers to respect), the recovery costs of lunar mining render any similar resources there uneconomical.

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    Comment number 449.

    so we now see China starting to think how its huge new wealth can best be spent, please look at the UK sorry recent history when we tried to keep up with the USA and USSR in the weapons race result overdrawn to trillion £, the money you now have can build your country the socialist ideals can be met, an arms race is not the answer, China has vast lands and and the world is hooked on cheap goods

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    Comment number 447.

    China depends on the outside world for everything Raw materials, energy, technology, markets, food. How could any nation be in a weaker position? The US depends on the outside world for almost nothing. It has rare earth minerals but it's so dirty to develop them it would rather buy them from China. New sources such as Greenland are being discovered.

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    Comment number 446.

    How about a HYS, or even a story, on the biggest food drive in Britain since WW2 that is currently under way? This food isn't for Africa, it's for our own, your fellow citizens. Seems like a monumental and shameful story about Tory led Britain.

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    Comment number 444.

    Remember Hong Kong ?

    If the Chinese really want the Chunxiao gas field

    is anyone seriously going to try and stop them?

    On the other hand of course we could impose "sanctions" ....

    e.g. none of us buy anything at all for a whole year (or two)

    That'll bring them to their senses.

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    Comment number 443.

    I see China are planning a space mission to the moon to look for minerals.No doubt they'll be claiming that for China next.

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    Comment number 442.

    China are historically heavy users of mounting and maintaining disputes over 'ownership' of land and people other than their own. There's probably more at stake here than 'the islands'.

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    Comment number 441.

    Of course civilian airliners must obey the air traffic rules in place in areas they fly over. They do that anyway, no matter what country they are flying over, even their own, so the statement means nothing. The U.S., by stating that only airliners must obey, have therefore implicitly stated that it will not apply to U.S. military flights.

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    Comment number 440.

    411 Tony
    BWhaaaaa I think that you mean De-stabilising. (but if not at least spell it correctly on a British site)
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    How quickly europeans like to forget. Before the US stabilized Europe in the 20th century the europeans started wars (WWI, Spanish civil, WW2) that killed tens of millions. Then came the Balkans. Euros just can't help themselves
    How much more aggressive would China be without US?

 

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