China’s air defense zone unacceptable by White House
China’s new air defense zone over the East China Sea was not recognized by the United States. From this move of China, tensions will create in one of the world’s most geo-politically sensitive areas.
What’s the issue?
China had set up an air defence zone that covered the international airspace over parts of the disputed East China Sea and required all non-commercial air-crafts to notify its authorities of their flight plans to avoid triggering a response from air defence forces. The ADIZ is a predefined area over international airspace within which the Chinese military will monitor and track aircraft.
The zone extends into international airspace east of China’s territorial airspace into the East China Sea, and up to 130 km from Japan’s territorial airspace. The Chinese ADIZ overlaps with the ADIZ that Japan has already established in the region, with both zones covering the disputed Diaoyu or Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. The move is likely to fuel tensions with Japan, coming at a time when both countries have sparred over the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea.
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