U.S. top officer backs stronger military ties with China
                 English.news.cn | 2013-12-06 12:21:04 | Editor: Tang Danlu

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.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- The United States must build stronger military-to-military ties with China despite their differences on issues such as China's recent establishment of an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea, said U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey on Thursday.

"So as the dynamics in the region continue to change, we must build stronger military-to-military relationships with the (Chinese military). We must seek avenues and mechanisms to avoid miscalculation," Dempsey said in answering questions while hosting his first town hall on Facebook.

While reiterating that the United States does not recognize the ADIZ and U.S. military aircraft will continue to fly in the area, Dempsey admitted that he understood why China took the act to establish the ADIZ over the East China Sea.

"From a realist perspective, nations will act in their interests all the time. China is no different," the top U.S. military officer said, hoping the dispute will be solved peacefully.

The top U.S. military officer added that he would contact his Chinese counterpart in the coming days to discuss the ADIZ issue.

China on Wednesday urged the United States to respect its establishment of the ADIZ with an objective and fair attitude.

According to Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei, Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated China's principled position on the ADIZ during talks with visiting U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

During Wednesday's talks, the Chinese side stressed that the move is in line with international law and practices, and the U.S. side should take an objective and fair attitude to respect the establishment of the air zone, Hong said in a written press release on Thursday.

China announced on Nov. 23 the establishment of the ADIZ over the East China Sea in a move to defend its territorial and airspace security, as well as safeguard flight order and security in the air. This move has triggered strong reactions from Japan and the United States, which called it a unilateral move to change the status quo.

China has vehemently dismissed the accusations as unjustified and biased, citing that the establishment of its ADIZ conforms to international law and practices as many countries, including the United States and Japan, have already done so.

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China's ADIZ to improve identification: FM spokesman

BEIJING, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- The purpose of China's Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) is to improve the country's capacity to identify aircraft and avoid any misjudgment, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.

Hong Lei made the comments at a regular press briefing when asked to provide further explanation on the newly established zone. Full story

Air force patrols of China's ADIZ legitimate: spokesman

BEIJING, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Planes from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force have the right to patrol in China's East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in light of the need of air defense, said a Foreign Ministry spokesman on Friday.

Qin Gang made the remarks at a regular press briefing when asked to explain the purpose of the PLA Air Force's patrol in the ADIZ on Thursday. Full story

 
BEIJING, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- China's newly-established Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) will not cause regional tension, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said on Friday.

"China's ADIZ over the East China Sea is not aimed at any specific country nor target. It's absolutely a measure designated to exercise the right of defense effectively," Qin told a regular press briefing. Full story

Commentary: U.S. should act as honest broker

BEIJING, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Pentagon officials said Tuesday that two U.S. B-52 bombers have flown over the area of the Diaoyu Islands, which is included in China's newly established Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea.

In response, a Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman said the Chinese military monitored the entire flight course of the U.S. aircraft, which flew along the eastern border of the air zone, some 200 km east of the Diaoyu Islands. Full story

China monitors U.S. bombers in defense zone

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.Full story

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

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