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.
BEIJING, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- China has closely monitored aircraft in the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) since it was established in November, a Chinese defense ministry spokesman said on Thursday.
Spokesman Geng Yansheng said at the ministry's regular press briefing that China had controlled the flight activity of 800 foreign war planes that entered the area between Nov. 23, when the ADIZ was established, and Dec. 22.
During the same period, 56 airline companies in 23 countries have reported 21,475 scheduled flights to China, Geng said, adding that China has sent 51 rounds of surveillance aircraft, early warning aircraft, and fighters on a total of 87 flights for policing or patrolling in the ADIZ air space.
At the briefing, Geng also responded to the media's request for Chinese comment on the tension in the East China Sea and the Diaoyu Islands.
He said China is determined to safeguard its national sovereignty and territorial integrity and it advocates addressing disputes through dialogues.
The current tension was stirred by Japan's illegal purchase of the Diaoyu Islands despite China's strong disagreement, and Japan should bear the consequences, he said.
Geng stressed that the Japanese side should take concrete measures to work with China to manage crisis and create favorable conditions for solving relevant issues.
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China slams Abe's comments on ADIZ
BEIJING, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei on Saturday night strongly refuted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent comments on China's East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone(ADIZ).
Hong expressed China's strong anger over the Japanese leader for his malicious slander against China in international arena, according to a Foreign Ministry press release. Full story
China has "full capacity" to monitor ADIZ: FM
BEIJING, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese spokesman said on Friday that China has full capacity to effectively monitor its Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) after the People's Republic of Korea and Japan held a joint search and rescue exercise in the East China Sea on Thursday.
The exercise was carried out in an area where the China and Japan air defence identification zones overlap, involving two warships and a helicopter from Japan and several pieces of military equipment from the ROK. The Japanese military did not inform China about use of a helicopter. Full story
Commentary: Don't make waves on China's ADIZ
BEIJING, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- If Tokyo truly seeks a peaceful and secure Asia-Pacific, then it is in its own interests to call off provocative moves over China's establishment of the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).
According to a recent news report, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is going to stage again its China-is-to-blame game at the summit of Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Full story
Chinese stands firm on air defense zone
BEIJING, Dec.12 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman on Thursday again defended China's establishment of the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) last month.
"China's activities here are just, reasonable and comply with international practices," Hong Lei said at a daily briefing. Full story
China dismisses Japan's opposition to South China Sea ADIZ
BEIJING, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- China dismissed the Japanese Defense Minister's remarks on the South China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).
"China is determined to safeguard national security. No country should make comments on this matter," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei at a regular press briefing. Full story
China's top legislature rejects Japanese resolution on ADIZ
BEIJING, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- The Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) on Saturday said China's top legislature firmly oppose a Japanese resolution on China's East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).
The lower house of the Japanese Diet on Friday adopted a resolution urging China to rescind its recent establishment of the East China Sea ADIZ. Full story
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