Background: Air Defense Identification Zones
Special: China establishes its first air defense ID zone
Statement by the Government of the People's Republic of China on Establishing the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone
Announcement of the Aircraft Identification Rules for the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone of the P.R.C.
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|East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (Source: Ministry of National Defense/China Daily)
BEIJING, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- China's defense ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng on Wednesday said the country has observed U.S. B-52 bombers flying in the newly established air defense identification zone over East China Sea.
Geng said the U.S. aircraft flew south and north along the eastern border of the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone from 11:00 a.m. to 1:22 p.m. Tuesday, about 200 km to the east of the Diaoyu Islands.
The Chinese army monitored the entire process, carried out identification in a timely manner, and ascertained the type of aircraft.
"We need to stress that China will identify every aircraft flying in the air defense identification zone according to the country's announcement of aircraft identification rules for the air defense identification zone," Geng said.
"China is capable of exercising effective control over this airspace," Geng added.
China announced the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone on Saturday. The U.S. State Department and certain officials expressed concern after the announcement.
Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren said Tuesday that the U.S. conducted a training exercise that had been planned for a long time. It involved two aircraft flying from Guam and returning to Guam.
China refutes Australia's remarks over air defense identification zone
BEIJING, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- China on Wednesday refuted the Australian Foreign Minister's remarks over its newly established Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea.
"China has lodged solemn representations against Australia's remarks, and expressed its strong dissatisfaction," Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said. Full story
Air defense zone in line with cross-Strait interests: Spokeswoman
BEIJING, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- The newly-established East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone is in line with the interests of both sides of the Taiwan Strait, a mainland spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
Speaking at a press conference, Fan Liqing, of the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, said, "Both sides of the Strait are of one family, and maintaining the fundamental interests of the Chinese nation is in line with the common welfare across the Strait, which is also a common responsibility for the two sides." Full story
China's air defense zone doesn't target specific country: expert
BEIJING, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- China's newly-established air defense identification zone over the East China Sea does not target a specific country, said a military expert in Beijing on Tuesday.
"Other nations do not need to be alarmed," said Zhang Junshe, an expert with the navy, in an interview with Xinhua. Full story