China‘s Foreign Ministry said they have every right to establish the controversial Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and criticized Japan’s Lower House for passing a resolution that demands the scrapping of the zone over the East China Sea. The international community has protested China’s move as the zone overlaps with several disputed territories, including the Senkaku Islands that are under Japan’s administration.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said that what they have done is “reasonable and legal” and that Japan had no right to “talk nonsense.” He emphasized that what Japan should do is cease these kinds of actions that are only increasing the tensions in the region and that they should “stop quibbling” over these matters. The Japanese lawmakers passed a resolution in protest of the air zone, saying that China’s efforts to unilaterally change the status quo is unacceptable and is “reckless and risky.” Japan has also instructed its international carriers to disregard the rules that China implemented that all foreign aircraft have to submit their flight plans to authorities. Both the United States and South Korea have also breached the ADIZ without informing the Chinese government.
South Korea also announced this week that they are reviewing their options for revising their own air defense zone to make sure that the Ieodo Rock, an under water territory that holds a maritime research platform, will be covered. They will first consult with their neighbours and explain their position on the matter, according to senior officials. Hong said that if South Korea will expand its zone, it must be in “accord with international law and norms.” The two countries are involved in a maritime dispute over which exclusive economic zone covers the Ieodo.
[ via Reuters ]