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Commentary: U.S. should act as honest broker

English.news.cn   2013-11-27 21:04:21            

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East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (Source: Ministry of National Defense/China Daily)

by Xinhua writer Shang Jun

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.

The U.S. move appears to be a cautious probe of China's ability to manage the airspace, but it risks escalating tensions in the region.

Washington has been overreacting to the establishment of the zone with groundless accusations.

It is known to all that the United States was among the first to set up an air defense zone in 1950, and Japan followed suit in the 1960s. There is no reason to blame China for doing the same.

Since the Diaoyu Islands are an inherent part of Chinese territory, Beijing is fully justified under international law to have the air defense zone cover the islets.

While accusing China of attempting to change the status quo in the East China Sea, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry seemed to forget that Japan fired the first shot with the provocative move to "purchase" and "nationalize" the Diaoyu Islands last year. China is simply forced to take countermeasures to defend its legitimate rights.

Washington has repeatedly said that it takes no position in the territorial dispute between China and Japan over the Diaoyu Islands, yet its acts belie its words.

The U.S. overreaction has bolstered Japan intentionally or unintentionally, and obviously runs counter to its commitment to remaining neutral and its call for restraint by relevant parties.

If Washington continues to say one thing and do another, it may send wrong signals and lead to miscalculation, which will be detrimental to peace and stability in the already sensitive region.

It is advisable for the sole superpower in the world to act as an honest broker to make contributions to regional peace and stability.

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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

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

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