News / Asia

    US, Japan Protest China Air Defense Zone

    Japanese Coast Guard vessels sail near a group of disputed islands called Diaoyu by China and Senkaku by Japan, Aug. 18, 2013.
    Japanese Coast Guard vessels sail near a group of disputed islands called Diaoyu by China and Senkaku by Japan, Aug. 18, 2013.
    VOA News
    The United States has voiced its "strong concern" to China over threats from Beijing to enforce its claims to a set of disputed Pacific islands controlled by Japan but claimed by the People's Republic.
     
    The White House, State Department and Pentagon all issued statements late Saturday, hours after Beijing threatened to take "defensive emergency measures" against aircraft entering its newly-proclaimed air defense zone. The Chinese edict called on all aircraft to identify themselves before entering the zone, and to obey all orders from Beijing.
     
    The White House called the threat an escalatory development," while Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called it "a destabilizing attempt to alter the status quo" in the East China Sea. Hagel also said the United States has no plans to change how it conducts military operations in the region. 
     
    The islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Daioyu in China, are uninhabited, but surrounded by rich fishing grounds and potential energy deposits.
     
    Earlier Saturday, Japan lodged a strong protest with Beijing that called establishment of the zone "totally unacceptable." Senior Japanese diplomat Junichi Ihara also criticized China for escalating bilateral tensions over the islands.
                                                                                                                           
    In the Chinese statement, which appeared Saturday on a defense ministry website, Beijing said the new rules were effective immediately.
     
    After months of escalating tensions, Japan scrambled fighter jets earlier this month over the East China Sea, after it spotted what it said was an unmanned aircraft flying toward Japan.
     
    Japan annexed the islets in the late 19th century. China claimed sovereignty over the archipelago in 1971, saying ancient maps show it has been Chinese territory for centuries.
     
    The festering China-Japan dispute is one of several maritime controversies pitting China against several Southeast Asian nations, including the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia.
     
    Beijing has indicated a willingness to negotiate the disputes, but has so far rejected calls for multilateral talks. It has sought separate negotiations with each country.
     
    Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

    You May Like

    Video Russia's Expat Community Shrinking

    Russia's troubled economy, tensions with West have led hundreds of thousands of foreigners to leave for better opportunities

    Accelerating the Push Against Islamic State: What Will Work?

    Experts stress need to step up military action, address root causes of Muslims' disaffection, counter IS social media messages in a massive way

    Experts: N. Korean Abductions Sought to Halt Brain Drain

    Pyongyang abducted about 3,800 South Koreans and more than a dozen Japanese nationals in late 1970s

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments page of 3
        Next 
    by: Forrest.Tu from: China
    November 26, 2013 10:20 AM
    China doesn't want to see those "secret reconnaissance operations " done by US and Japan in the area any longer, that's why ADIZ was established.

    US and Japan still want to go on their "secret reconnaissance operations ", that's why they keep blabla these days.

    That's it.

    by: Anonymous from: Earth
    November 26, 2013 2:23 AM
    I think we all need to understand that the PRC and PLA are two separate organizations with no apparent control over one another. No one outside either club knows what really goes on in these two organizations. But this also could be an intentional delay tactic for China to build up its economy and military, as inconsistencies are more confusing in a two-rule system than a one-rule system. Either-or it is both run by the CCP.

    by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
    November 25, 2013 10:26 PM
    To weiwei, Do not you think we should think highly of keeping status quo when each claim differs? Do not you think we should take a next step after some notice and agreements especially when the step is risky to bring about military conflict?

    It is true Senkaku or Daiou islands had been drawn in both maps of China and Japan before the Sino‐Japanese War (of 1894‐95). It also may be true Japan annexted the islands after its win of the war. Eventhough without endorsement of formal peace treaty, annexation is acknowledged as justifiable because it was conducted after the confirmation of no sign of Chinese substantial sovereignty on the islands and no claim from China. It was Japanese administration which actually land and controled the islands first. You China should respect status quo and should make efforts to draw some compromise, if you want, from Japan regarding this territorial dipute diplomatically and patiently not military and provocativelly. Thank you.
    In Response

    by: Weiwei from: beijing
    November 26, 2013 10:32 AM
    I only want to ask you, who did not keep the status quo firstly and continuously? Who PLAYED ridiculously the so called "nationalization" of "Diaoyu" Island? It is just the Japanese government.

    by: Weiwei from: beijing
    November 25, 2013 9:49 AM
    I don't understand why so many Americans want to teach China a lesson. It seems me ridiculous.
    You should have known that, it is Japanese Government, which through the so called "eminent domain" of Diaoyu Island, had made the tensions around the island more and more escalating. Could YOU AMERICANS imagine, when you American military forces trilling at the public sea area normaly, and then the japanese government without invitation break into it offensive with its warship? In normal ordinary life it would be also unimagined. I think so.
    By the way, @Double Standards: thanks for your reply, but I could not agree with you.

    by: Anonymous
    November 25, 2013 2:59 AM
    Can VOA tell the world that US and Japan did declare such air defense zones long before China did?

    by: Samurai from: Japan
    November 25, 2013 2:33 AM
    What Chinese government (PRC) is doing is just the same as what a gangster does. PRC envies the garden of its neighbor's (Japanese) house and sets a fence surrounding this garden, insisting that a mad dog should bite anybody who enters the surrounded area. We should give the outlaw PRC lessons of ethics and manners.

    by: Weiwei from: beijing
    November 25, 2013 2:15 AM
    I think differently with you Americans. We should respect the historical fact that the island is under chinese government control untill recently since the japanese have unlawfull and secretly occupied it with the connivance of USA. We should resolve the controversy in acordance with international law and negotiations. It is my opinion.
    In Response

    by: Double Standards
    November 25, 2013 6:20 AM
    @Weiwei: The islets have never been under Chinese administration.China is well known for forgery,fabricating facts and evidence.China was not a sea-faring nation,but China still claims most of South China Sea.You said why both sides don't try to resolve the matter in accordance to international laws and negotiations,are you playing dumb or simply ignorant?China has never respected laws and orders in any way.China often deliberately encroaches into their neighbours' territories,bringing about a dispute,and then force negotiation on its own terms and conditions at China's advantage.

    China has never been a law-abiding country.You see,China invaded Tibet, took the Paracel Islands from Vietnam, Scarborough shoal from the Philippines by force, and still shamelessly claim them to be inseparable parts of China.China is becoming increasingly aggressive because it knows for a fact that noone likes war. However, China doesn't mind waging war to achieve its goal even that would sacrifice half of its population as some of its generals often suggested.An evil empire like China does not know its limits.By compromising we only make China more arrogant and belligerant.Splitting the area in halves as some suggested?? Why ? Would China split the Paracel Islands in halves and share them with the Vietnamese? No. Hold your ground and fight back is the only way!

    by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
    November 24, 2013 8:42 PM
    "The Chinese edict called on all aircraft to identify themselves before entering the zone, and to obey all orders from Beijing."

    This call of China is definately abrupting and unilateral, so needless to say, it does not work on matters over international disputes. It also draws no sympathy for China from third countries. This kind of unilateral and threatening measures of China have been taken in other disputed regions against south Asian countries boosting only hatred to China. It is a pity that China is producing opponents by its arbitrary intents. China (and probably also Japan) should learn to seak how to negotiate and bring mutual agreements patiently. Thank you.

    by: Tim from: Canberra, Australia
    November 24, 2013 7:52 PM
    I can’t see US saying anything when Jap extended its ADIZ westward, only 130 km from the coast of mainland China at its closest point in May 2013. Can you?

    by: Nick from: United States
    November 24, 2013 4:37 PM
    This does not seem like an issue America needs to manage. We know in modern society, the globe has no set boundaries. Take for instance Israel, but keep in mind how hard the Israelis fight to keep their land. If neither is willing to budge, then the only solutions are a partition or a war. I couldn't blame either for their coming decision, just like I would not blame my country, America, for war, if Mexico tried at some point taking Texas back.
    Comments page of 3
        Next 

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibiti
    X
    Hamada Elsaram
    February 05, 2016 4:30 PM
    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibit

    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video E-readers Help Ease Africa's Book Shortage

    Millions of people in Africa can't read, and there's a chronic shortage of books. A non-profit organization called Worldreader is trying to help change all that one e-reader at a time. VOA’s Deborah Block tells us about a girls' school in Nairobi, Kenya where Worldreader is making a difference.
    Video

    Video Genius Lets World Share Its Knowledge

    Inspired by crowdsourcing companies like Wikipedia, Genius allows anyone to edit anything on the web, using its web annotation tool
    Video

    Video Former Drug CEO Martin Shkreli Angers US Lawmakers

    A former U.S. pharmaceutical business executive has angered lawmakers by refusing to explain why he raised the price of a life-saving pill by 5,000 percent. Martin Shkreli was removed from a congressional hearing on Thursday after citing his Fifth Amendment right to stay silent. Zlatica Hoke has more.
    Video

    Video Super Bowl TV Commercials are Super Business for Advertisers

    The Super Bowl, the championship clash between the two top teams in American Football, is the most-watched sporting event of the year, and advertisers are lining up and paying big bucks to get their commercials on the air. In fact, the TV commercials during the Super Bowl have become one of the most anticipated and popular features of the event. VOA's Brian Allen has a sneak peek of what you can expect to see when the big game goes to commercial break, and the real entertainment begins.
    Video

    Video In Philippines, Mixed Feelings About Greater US Military Presence

    In the Philippines, some who will be directly affected by a recent Supreme Court decision clearing the way for more United States troop visits are having mixed reactions.  The increased rotations come at a time when the Philippines is trying to build up its military in the face of growing maritime assertiveness from China.  From Bahile, Palawan on the coast of the South China Sea, Simone Orendain has this story.
    Video

    Video Microcephaly's Connection to Zika: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

    The Zika virus rarely causes problems for the people who get it, but it seems to be having a devastating impact on babies whose mothers are infected with Zika. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
    Video

    Video Solar Innovation Provides Cheap, Clean Energy to Kenya Residents

    In Kenya, a company called M-Kopa Solar is providing clean energy to more than 300,000 homes across East Africa by allowing customers to "pay-as-you-go" via their cell phones. As Lenny Ruvaga reports from Kangemi, customers pay a small deposit for a solar unit and then pay less than a dollar a day to get clean energy to light up their homes or businesses.
    Video

    Video Stunning Artworks Attract Record Crowds, Thanks to Social Media

    A new exhibit at the oldest art museum in America is shattering attendance records. Thousands of visitors are lining up to see nine giant works of art that have gotten a much-deserved shot of viral marketing. The 150-year-old Smithsonian American Art Museum has never had a response quite like this. VOA's Julie Taboh reports.
    Video

    Video Apprenticeships Put Americans on Path Back to Work

    Trying to get more people into the U.S. workforce, the Obama administration last year announced $175 million in grants towards apprenticeship programs. VOA White House correspondent Aru Pande went inside one training center outside of Washington that has gained national recognition for helping put people on the path to employment.
    Video

    Video New Material May Reduce Concussion Effects

    As the 2016 National Football League season reaches its summit at the Super Bowl this coming Sunday (2/7), scientists are trying to learn how to more effectively protect football players from dangerous and damaging concussions. Researchers at Cardiff and Cambridge Universities say their origami-based material may solve the problem. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Saudi Arabian Women's Sports Chip Away at Stereotypes

    Saudi Arabian female athletes say that sports are on the front line of busting traditions that quash women’s voices, both locally and internationally. In their hometown of Jeddah, a group of basketball players say that by connecting sports to health issues, they are encouraging women and girls to get out of their homes and participate in public life. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports.
    Video

    Video A Year Later, Fortunes Mixed for Syrians Forging New Lives in Berlin

    In April of last year, VOA followed the progress of six young Syrian refugees -- four brothers and their two friends -- as they made their way from Libya to Italy by boat, and eventually to Germany. Reporter Henry Ridgwell caught up with the refugees again in Berlin, as they struggle to forge new lives amid the turmoil of Europe's refugee crisis.
    Video

    Video Zika Virus May be Hard to Stop

    With the Zika virus spreading rapidly, the World Health Organization Monday declared Zika a global health emergency. As Alberto Pimienta reports, for many governments and experts, the worst is yet to come.