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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: Roland McCartney
November 28, 2013 4:04 AM
Pentagon is not an authority of who reign or rule over a particular piece of real estate. Like someone commented it was the barbaric Japanese militant expansionist govt which invaded territories of China, Korea and Taiwan before and during WWII and what USA govt did after the WWII was to behave like a postman and merely handled over these seized and conquered territories of Japan back to these barbaric Japs without questioning the background, distance from Japan homeland, and the culture of the people there.

Granted that the Diaoyu are not a heavily populated real estate, but it is far away from the main Japanese main island of Honshu. It is much neared to Taiwan and China. There the rationale for claiming Diaoyu as Japanese territories are just as good as claiming Hawaii and Midway islands as Japanese territories. Utter Nonsence and the least these can be done is to refer these disputed territories to the International Court for a binding decision and not for the military organisation like Pentagon to say what is under or not their purview!!

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by: Hoang from: Canada
November 29, 2013 6:24 AM
Sounds like Roland McCartney is chinese national or PRC in disguise of American.


by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
November 28, 2013 2:02 AM
It was thoughtful for US to have made a first flight with unmanned, unarmed bombers through the alleged Chinese new ADIZ. Now it was reported that Japanese self-defence force and maritime safety agency practiced routine patrol flights without any response from China. By the way, in this article, it is said a Japanese commercial airliner also made a overflight. Is it really a commertial airliner?

I guess China attemted this matter intending to bring Japan into the negotiating table for this territorial issue on small islands. But disappointigly for China, its attempt looks like failed and ended up in only leading antipathy for China from around the world especially from south Asian countries.

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by: MarkCausey
November 28, 2013 12:28 PM
Roland McCarthey wrote: "Pentagon is not an authority of who reign or rule over a particular piece of real estate." Did the Pentagon claim those Islands for the United States? No. Did China decide to change the status quo unilaterally? Yes. Did the United States move to defend the status quo and protect it's allies? Yes. Can China stop the United States? With what, an aircraft carrier with no planes? With stolen American technology that they probably don't fully understand how to use it? I doubt it. Did China overplay it's hand? Yes. Will the Chinese Congress jeopardize it's new found wealth, estimated at well over $90 BILLION? I doubt it, greed usually wins.

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by: charlie from: Calfornia
November 28, 2013 11:58 AM
Maybe they included a touch too many nautical miles in their zone. But I think they meant to do what they did. They would like to get now what they should have been given 70 years ago when Japan surrendered to the allies, The USA, the Dutch (remember the Dutch East Indies), the French (Indochina), the UK (here, there and everywhere) and China which suffered more than anyone at the hands of the Japanese war and rape machine.


by: Weiwei from: beijing
November 28, 2013 12:26 AM
the VOA news is ridiculous. "SUBDUED"?
~OK, You Americans are great, the ruler and dictator of the whole world. No no no, seems not enough, the whole Universe~


by: Tuan from: Vietnam
November 27, 2013 10:44 PM
China invaded Vietnam 1000 years. China wanted to make Vietnam part of China but was unsuccessful. I do not feel sorry for Beijing being invaded by the Japanese for couple years.
China is only good at harassing small countries in Southeast Asia.
China is a big bad boy need to punch in the face so he can learn a lesson.
I HATE BEIJING FOR WHAT THEY ARE DOING RIGHT NOW!!!

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by: Hoang from: Canada
November 29, 2013 6:28 AM
To Choummaly Laodeng,
Not all Vietnamese are Vietcong. China has already begun to invade your country as you wish.

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by: Choummaly Laodeng from: Laos
November 28, 2013 12:40 PM
@Tuan, Vietnam,
Dear Mr. Tuan, 38 years your Vietcong occupied Laos, steal everything in Laos and bring freely to Vietnam, stolen Laos's timbers and underground mineral sources to Vietnam, sent Vietcong eat dogs to stationed in Laos and want Laos to be a state for Vietnam, but very soon your Vietcong will see China cut your stupid Vietcong neck. I hat Vietnam eat dog love war for ever.


by: Nigeshabi from: Canada
November 27, 2013 7:44 PM
Willie Villar from: San Francisco, CA

Did you learn history? or your history course is a "Fail". You don't even know Japanese invaded into China in WWII for 11 years, and western countries invaded China many times in the past 100-200 years. China is a developing countries and there are some problems in China, but it looks like Chinese is NOT as aggressive as you and your prejudice comments, right?

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by: Anonymous
November 28, 2013 10:47 AM
Really, did Japan pay enough for WW2 ? In WW2, Japanese did so many evils to many countries. Maybe they have paid back for some countries, but not included China. A lot of Japanese even denied the fact that they invaded China. And many Japanese war criminals even weren't punished for their evils. What did Japan do for that invasion? Can I say "it's your honor if I invade your country and kill your people"?

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by: @Nigeshabi
November 28, 2013 6:17 AM
Japan invaded China in WW2,was a thing in the past.Japan has paid a heavy price for it.Hiroshima and Nagasaki were reduced to rubble by 2 atomic bombs.Japan has since embraced Western democracy,is an exemplary democracy, and has contributed so much to the prosperity of the world,including China.Japan's past serves as an excuse for China to divert attention away from its imperial and territorial ambitions.The imposition of the ADIZ is just a tentative move to assert America's commitments to Asia and the world's reactions.China would now just take one step backward and bide its time,and would try to reassert their sovereignty again.So far the Russian have been so quiet.Mr Putin knows quite well that a prosperous and powerful China is a challenge and a threat to Russia's resurrection back to Superpower status.

China has already set their eyes on Russian Far Eastern region where hundreds of thousands of Chinese are already dug in.When the time is right,these Chinese emigrants might want to join their mother China.This world would be more secure if Russia and America firmly state their position and strong condemn China's unilateral acts of aggression in their quest for more territories.China has been bullied in the past,but China itself has always been a bully to its smaller neighbours.

How much lands have you robbed from the Vietnamese, Indians and Mongolians? So stop playingt innocent.Anyway,America handed you back your independence and freedom on a plate,What more do you want? Be contented with what you've got,the world would then be a nice and safer place to live.Hundreds of millions of people would die if China keeps treasuring this war tendency.Mr Xi Jinping, for humanity's sake,please don't try to make history for yourself. Let Hitler and Mussolini be a lesson to you !

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by: Anonymous
November 28, 2013 2:24 AM
Agreed with you and support your statement


by: Nguyễn from: US
November 27, 2013 5:26 PM
China agreed that US did not lie about 2 bombers B52 flight.
The flight actually happend.


by: Willie Villar from: San Francisco, CA
November 27, 2013 4:55 PM
The Chinese government is simply a bully...They are flexing their muscles to scare the smaller countries around it, and force them to submit.... Basing their claim on an ancient map??? They have agreed to the international laws of the seas..... The Chinese are simply too greedy! If not, why would they even sell contaminated food that would harm other human beings and animals!


by: Momon from: Japan
November 27, 2013 4:39 PM
Thank you for your another TOMODACHI operation employing B-52s. What brave guys they are! May the God and our 8 million Diaties bless them.


by: Kwasi Oteng from: Accra Ghana
November 27, 2013 4:27 PM
Chinag at the moment is using it's military powers to bully the states in the area. The world must not sit down for this to. happen. Otherwise no plane or ship can pass through that zone. Such action by China must not be entertained.


by: Saito from: Japan
November 27, 2013 3:03 PM
hey America, after Syria and Iran, you think the Chinese are impressed by Obama overt "threats."..? and after what Obama did to your closest friend Israel, you think the Japanese trust you...? yeah, dream on...

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by: Samurai from: Japan
November 28, 2013 4:29 AM
Saito, are you an authentic Japanese? You must be a Chinese. Most of Japanese poeple are applauding US Bomber's flight in the Chinese selfish ADIZ. China cannot fight with Japan-USA tight ally.

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by: Chimatisi from: Tokyo
November 27, 2013 11:24 PM
Saito from: Japan, You are a wicked Chinese in Japan's clothes. Please stop to pretend you are a Japanese. We Japanese trust and love Americans 1000% even in the past Americans bombed us but we as a nation of tolerance and friendliness so we easily forgave what Americans done to us and turn them to be our best friends such as this time to stop the aggressive and provocative Chinese communist invader.

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