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    Japan, South Korea Fly Through Disputed Air Space

    In this photo released by Japan's 11th Regional Coast Guard, a China Coast Guard vessel numbered 2506 sails in waters 66 kilometers (41 miles) from the East China Sea islands called Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
    In this photo released by Japan's 11th Regional Coast Guard, a China Coast Guard vessel numbered 2506 sails in waters 66 kilometers (41 miles) from the East China Sea islands called Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
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    Japan and South Korea say their aircraft flew through China's newly declared air defense zone over the East China Sea, following the example of U.S. aircraft.

    Both Japan and South Korea said Thursday their military planes flew through the controversial zone without complying with Beijing's newly declared rules. Both countries added that the flights took place with no apparent interference from China.

    China declared an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over disputed waters in the East China Sea on Saturday. It said all foreign civilian and military aircraft flying in the zone must identify themselves and follow Beijing's instructions or face "emergency measures" which have not been specified.

    Detail of China's air defense zoneDetail of China's air defense zone
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    Detail of China's air defense zone
    Detail of China's air defense zone
    Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang Thursday defended the new ADIZ and said many airlines from many countries have filed relevant applications to China's civil aviation departments.

    "First I want to reiterate that China's establishment of the ADIZ is not directed against the normal international civil aviation. We hope that relevant airlines in other countries can cooperate to make our flights more secure."

    The Chinese zone includes air space above a resource-rich chain of uninhabited islands claimed by China and controlled by Japan.

    But the United States said it flew two unarmed B-52 bombers through the zone this week without notifying China. Japanese airlines operating in the area stopped submitting flight plans to Beijing on Wednesday, at the request of the Japanese government.
     
    China's defense ministry said Wednesday it monitored the U.S. military planes while they transited the zone. It also insisted that China has the capability to exercise "effective control" of the air space.

    The Chinese government's statements on the issue prompted many Internet users to describe the Chinese aerial zone as a farce. Those sympathetic to the government said stronger action is needed in the future.

    In a Weibo message monitored by Reuters, outspoken retired Chinese Major General Luo Yuan called for the zone to be "enforced to the full" and said "no country must think that they can ... leave things to chance."

    Chinese officials have said Beijing established the ADIZ to exercise its "right" to defend national sovereignty. They also have said China is acting like other nations that have created aerial notification zones in international airspace.

    The United States and Japan have their own aerial zones, but only require foreign aircraft to identify themselves if those planes intend to pass through U.S. and Japanese national airspace.

    Some information in this report was contributed by Reuters.

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    by: Icansee4miles from: USA
    November 29, 2013 5:45 AM
    The Dragon's mask has slipped; not so friendly now, is it? President Obama's strategy with Iran and the Middle East now becomes clear; assets are being deployed to stop the world's top hegemonist-China; as foretold in Amazon Kindle's new thriller, The Bahrain Protocol; a snippet is below.
    Looking past the Conference Leader out the window at the flag, symbol of liberty, the Aide said in a low voice, “America has no friends in the Middle East.” “We have been used to clean up other nation’s messes for a very long time, and the President has seen the price America paid for invading Afghanistan and Iraq.” He turned to look at the Conference Leader with a light behind his eyes, “The President wants to conserve America’s resources for the fight that is coming; the real fight, which will be with China.”
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    by: SEATO
    November 29, 2013 9:28 AM
    China has shown its true face as an expansionist years ago when it invaded an annexed Xinjang and Tibet. A war with China is unavoidable,we just don't expect China to kickstart it so soon. China has been biding its time for a big break,now they think they are economically and militarily strong enough to challenge America and its allies. If China is not challenged, it is a matter of time before they introduce a similar ADIZ over the South China Sea. Where is the UN,why don't they speak up? China can not be allowed to claim international waters as parts of their territories. Mr Ban Ki Moon might as well dissolve the Organisation for it has always failed miserably in its duties to help promoting peace,stability, understanding and reduce the risks of conflicts and wars between countries

    by: hoandao from: Ha noi
    November 29, 2013 5:35 AM
    please, don't make anything more complex. Is this the situation we live in new era of peace?

    by: Popsiq from: Buganda
    November 28, 2013 3:11 PM
    Hoorah! The show of airborne machismo has had the desired effect. The Chinese are ordering fighters into the area.

    Hopefully we'll get to have more 'bang-bang'! Go head to head with the red menace - with our allies the ROKs and the Japs - before it's too late.
    It's been too quiet, too long.

    by: MarkCausey
    November 28, 2013 12:06 PM
    Try Googling the current net worth of the Chinese Communist Party leaders and you will find that the Chinese Congress was worth an estimated $90 Billion in 2012. I would imagine that figure is now well over $120 Billion. As a comparison during that same time period, the U.S. Political leaders, ALL OF THEM are worth under $4 billion. They will not jeopardize their wealth. War will put somewhat of a pinch on their ability to accumulate more wealth and greed usually wins. It is so refreshing to see our former enemies (Russia and China) catching the Capitalistic virus. If corruption in those countries is not as bad as it is in The United States, then it will be soon!

    by: comatex from: france
    November 28, 2013 10:48 AM
    your website is only useful for learning English. your information is really just propaganda for your country. what 's funny is that the U.S. has great needs of small countries in Asia to give courage to defend your international supremacy against China. it's really ridicul . instead of these useless things, I suggest you redo the accounts of all dictators in South America and Africa that you supported. all patriots that you murdered. the number of people you spied . the number of countries that you destroyed where people still live in hell as Iraq and Libya.

    do not forget your country living above your means and your debt to the rest of the world , and how much energy you waste every year to maintain your lifestyle depends on the rest of the world . therefore does not give moral lesson and try to forget that you 're there to defend your own hegemony.
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    by: Weiwei from: beijing
    November 29, 2013 7:19 AM
    thank you for your comments, since days I have not seen different views on the matters of the island with the USA and its media. Thank you.
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    by: raj from: Usa
    November 28, 2013 12:08 PM
    Odd that ANYBODY from France would presume to use the word Courage in a sentence given their historic performances of the past.

    by: van from: vn
    November 28, 2013 10:43 AM
    dear noble American!
    i am very happy that the US has shown strength and determination in fighting against chinese lying. The US really leads asia to follow to cope with china. japan, S.Korea, Phi, Taiwan, VN....will cetainly follow the US to react to China. China cannot win in this war , never, never...i am sure. One thousand thanks for American. God bless you .

    by: comatex from: france
    November 28, 2013 10:15 AM
    the anti-Chinese do not get excited too quickly , you need a lesson in geopolitics . if china and russia are not there to act as a counterweight against the Anglo-Saxon imperialism , you never have strategic value in their eyes. japan has always hidden its imperialism and never acknowledged his defeat by Chinese during the Second World War. they play the role of cadena for their American master to block the entry of China into the oceans .

    It's just geopolitics between two nations. many asia countries exist thanks to the machine that is the counterweight to the Americans, even if they are the enemy of China , because without a strong China , think that the U.S. will consider yourself useful ? Japanese people are really bizzard they are completely controlled and slave of the American geopolitics . I do not understand how a people so proud says may drop as low . it is very good that the anti-Chinese came together . china has never been afraid of adversity.
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    by: MarkCausey
    November 28, 2013 12:17 PM
    " japan has always hidden its imperialism and never acknowledged his defeat by Chinese during the Second World War."

    Is that the same as France defeating Germany in WWII? I was unaware that China had 2 atomic weapons and dropped them on Japan to end the war. I guess that World History for the French is different than that of the rest of the world.

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    by: charlie from: California,
    November 28, 2013 11:51 AM
    I agree with a tiny bit of what you write in your second language, congrats,my second is deutsch, but I binged it, briefly, and I could not find how who "cadena" is or what it means. If it's a French term that you think is better than an English translation, cool, but what does it mean. I want to remain in the Zeitgeist and at the very least be able to pass as a Gelehrter. Also in this case Japan is the tail that is dragging the distracted dog, the USA.

    The US has been and done that (imperialism), these days we aren't conniving much in East Asia, more sleepwalking. So you are wrong. China wants to have been there and done that, more power to them, let's hope that cooler heads prevail everywhere and one final thing, as a Pacific vet's son I think those islands and Okinawa too should have gone to China after the defeat of the vicious Japanese war machine. The US and China have never fought and you can't put us on a level with the Japanese, that is dishonest and does us, bad as we are, a major dis-service.
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    by: @Comatex
    November 28, 2013 11:32 AM
    The crappiest thing I have ever heard from a Chinese.Chinese people are submissive when facing stronger enemies as they did to the Mongols and Manchus,not "afraidof adversity" as claimed by you.Japanese are a different class.They are respected the world over for their chivalry and gallantry,not despised and spit on all over the world like you Chinese hypocrites.America and Russia are the counterweight to Chinese aggression.Got it?

    by: comatex from: france
    November 28, 2013 9:43 AM
    Americans are in Asia to defend the Anglo-Saxon supremacy. do not use the smaller countries of Asia as a pretext. if China and Russia are not there to make the counterweight, you will re-colonize the entire planet.
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    by: MarkCausey
    November 28, 2013 12:51 PM
    If we wanted to re-colonize the entire planet, China would already be a colony of America. Get real and stop dreaming. MAYBE one day China will be the world's dominate power, but until that day, STFU! We ended WWII and we will NOT let an upstart country like China start WWIII !!!!

    by: Tony from: Australia
    November 28, 2013 8:12 AM
    Well if chinese claim those island belong to them seen acient time let bring them to court!DARE u chinese !!! There are 100 of old maps in vietnam show that Hainan is the end of ur country in the south, those old map printed by old chinese urself back then from 100 year !!! Now u blame 80% the east sea which know as southcchinasea is ur, blame it by what??? Laws u cant absolutely cant and chinese know that well. Just because chinese imperial expand alway in mind !! So pround of japs after war2 they become very good and helpful and friendly nation and their own contituition Asked themself not allow to arm just to depend but thank for chinese they wake up the japs and u will see how good their arms force are!!

    If chinese rule the world they not just only take ur iol gas but also ur land ur languale ur caultures everything until u just speak chinese only!!! Tibet is one of the example!! USA they come for it own interest but at least they dont claim ur lands,sea balabala as chinese do! I wonder if US was rudeless and lawless i think chinese are from (another planet )and trying to rule this world by their own they hunt us as we are animal to them!!
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    by: Jane from: China
    November 28, 2013 10:45 AM
    Nonsense! Ruling the world has never been in our agenda. We want to live better and be respected. This is our goal. Wish you a good day!

    by: Anonymous
    November 28, 2013 5:17 AM
    it's unfair to china.
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