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US Military Aircraft Challenge China Air Defense Zone

FILE - A B-52 strategic bomber from the United States Air ForceFILE - A B-52 strategic bomber from the United States Air Force
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FILE - A B-52 strategic bomber from the United States Air Force
FILE - A B-52 strategic bomber from the United States Air Force
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The U.S. military has flown two unarmed B-52 bombers through airspace over disputed islands in the East China Sea, defying an attempt by China to wrest control of the territory from Japan.
 
The Pentagon said the Monday flights did not trigger a response from Beijing, which two days earlier declared the airspace part of a new air defense zone.  China warned all aircraft to identify themselves before entering the area and to obey all orders from Beijing. 
 
China published coordinates for the so-called East China Sea Air Identification Zone on Saturday and warned it would take emergency defense measures to enforce its claim.
 
The White House on Tuesday urged Beijing to settle its maritime dispute with Tokyo, without "threats or inflammatory language."
 
The flights over the uninhabited islands - known as Senkaku in Japan and Daioyu in China - come one week before U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit Beijing as part of a week-long trip to the Asia-Pacific region.
 
Biden is expected to voice U.S. concerns to Chinese officials about the increasingly tense situation, which comes as Beijing seeks to lay claim to large swaths of the East and South China seas.
 
Japan annexed the islets in the late 19th century, while China claimed sovereignty over the archipelago in 1971.  Beijing linked its claims to ancient maps it says shows the territory has been Chinese for centuries.
 
The festering China-Japan dispute is one of several maritime controversies pitting China against 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 talks with each country.
 
Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Tuesday that Tokyo is working closely with Washington and will take all necessary steps to protect what it insists is Japanese territory.

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by: Jemma from: Delhi
November 27, 2013 1:36 PM
Since the island is owned by a Japanese, it cannot go to China. China is beginning to bully its neighbours. Very unfortunate.


by: Weiwei from: beijing
November 27, 2013 9:24 AM
It is apparently that the chinese government would NOT shot you americans Flight down. You american government have expected that. it is not we dare not but should not.
The official sources from chinese government said the chinese militaries had so patiently watched the “two unarmed B-52 bombers” from your countries. That is enough, I think. We could not shot it down, otherwise it was equal to declare a war with USA without enough and adequate legitimitat. You Ameican want it?

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by: yoshi from: Sapporo
November 27, 2013 4:59 PM
Do you always believe 100 percent what your government said? Did it show you something proving that watch? Are not you Chinese people managed by the central government? Are not you Chinese people forced unilateral rules suddenly from the government? Are not you Chinese people managed to turn your attention from your domestic frustration to oversea conflicts?


by: Weiwei from: beijing
November 27, 2013 9:08 AM
I think, the US government have acted so offesnsive and not restrained. You would pay it sooner or later. Bur I personaly don't expect it. I think, china and USA and other countires are all the victorious nations of the second world war, why now stand opposite? I could not understand it.


by: SEATO
November 27, 2013 6:52 AM
The Chinese are so used to bullying weaker and smaller countries like Vietnam and the Philippines.Let's wait and see how these crazy,gun-slingging commies are going to enforce their stupid ADIZ.In sending the B52s over this area the Americans have done a right and sensible thing. China can not take the laws into its own hands and does what it likes.Colonialism and land-grabbing should not be tolerated in the new civilised society.For the past few years the Chinese have been unilaterally imposing fishing ban in the South China Sea for 3 months every year without showing any regards for the poor Vietnamese and Fillipino fishermen,who have been suffering in silence terribly at the hands of the Chinese thugs.

If the UN and the US keep their silence,it is a matter of time the whole South China Sea would be under Chinese control and millions of lives would be affected.The world should unite and condemn China's aggression and barbarianism.We shouldn't let them thing that they are indispensable and we all need to do business with them for our own survival.On the contrary,it was the West that has revived the Chinese economy and brought them riches and greatness.We all thought :" Wealth would bring about better social conduct".

We were wrong in the case of China.They didn't become any more civilised,but more barbaric,ruthless and greedier and pose a threat to mankind as they have shown their true nature of having no regards for peace and mankind through their dangerous and insensible acts of aggression

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by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
November 27, 2013 5:29 PM
I agree "Wealth would bring about better social conduct." I guess general Chinese people are perhaps not informed details of this new ADIZ, or even informed, they must be offered manipulated intelligence both to support their government's policy and to raise hate to oversea countries. The problem I think is the process and intention of Chinese central government's policy making is not open to the pubric. I suppose not a few Chinese people are reasonable, thoughtful and socially mannered and some provocative opiions on this forum from China are maybe minor and extreme ones.


by: soldier from: China
November 27, 2013 4:36 AM
You, the US,Japan can establish an ADZ, why we, China can not create one? You, American ask other countries to follow your ADZ rules, but you ignore ours, why? I think the US is the biggest troublemaker of the world, the biggest terrorist of the world, you can invade other country accroding to your own pricipal, looking at Iraq, Afghanistan, what you have brought to the people there? Freedom? No, I think what you bring to them is violence, sectarian conflict and bombing attack. So, think it over what you have done to other countries,.

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by: soldier from: Beijing
November 27, 2013 7:19 PM
hi,Ho Cam Dao, you have said the US and Japan help the world a lot, ok, please look at Iraq, Afghanistan, the US help them with toppling the former regime there, yes, but they help them with safer life or terrorist attack, have you seen decade-war consumed hundreds of thousands of people's life, which belong to them only once?

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by: soldier from: Beijing
November 27, 2013 7:11 PM
Hi, Ho Cam Dao, I wonder if you can learn history first, Tibet and Uighur's land are our territory in the history. Concern your own country's problems, such as ..., please.

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by: Ho Cam Dao from: Mumbai
November 27, 2013 2:22 PM
Hi Everyone, please look at the robber commented named "SOLDIER" from China. The world so fed up with the word China because they know the Chinese very dumb and greedy. The Chinese plundered Tibet and Uighur' Lands now they want more and more from other countries. Soldier from China, you been brought up by Communist so you are very ignorant. America and Japan help the world a lot but you Chinese only sucking the blood of people from around the world to feed your desire. Do you know that?


by: bahram
November 27, 2013 2:22 AM
I think as it can be recognized by all, China tries to stretch its sovereignty toward other countries in order to cause make tensions, so as to claim that it is big and first power in the region


by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
November 27, 2013 1:48 AM
ADIZ is actually set over the open seas and so, every foreign countries has rights to fly through it. As long as ADIZ is declared by a country following domestic laws, ADIZ has no compelling power, but has only a request to entering airplanes.


by: van from: vietnam
November 27, 2013 1:09 AM
Steven Warren. You deserve to be a hero. This action deals with chinese chidish action when they set up ADIZ. the world is looking closely at this event .Only America ,Japan,Nato, Australia .....can stand up to fight absurd, illegal claims by china, protecting shipping transportatin freedom. We all admire America really. God will support you in any war . I am sure .


by: Sa Usuh from: Nigeria
November 27, 2013 12:09 AM
From this report and if everything it says is true, I guess it sounds more like the territory has been Chinese long before another country claimed it. If so, why still struggle over it? Why not let peace reign?


by: Igor from: Russia
November 26, 2013 11:48 PM
The so-called East China Sea Air Identification Zone declared by China is absolutely null and void because it is not recognized internationally. Chinese ancients also have no value because so far it has never been recognized internationally too. If China's clame was logical, Russia would declare the sky above Beijing capital belonging Russia Air Identification Zone too. So China, stop your stupid and mad actions!

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by: Tran Van Don from: Hanoi
November 27, 2013 2:24 PM
Thanks the guy from Russia, you have a good vision. Some guys from China commented here so boring.

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