News / Asia

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
FILE - A B-52 strategic bomber from the United States Air Force
FILE - A B-52 strategic bomber from the United States Air Force
VOA News
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.

You May Like

US, China Have Dueling Definitions of Cybersecurity

Analysts say attribution or or proving that a particular individual or government is responsible for a hack, is a daunting task More

Snowden: I'd Go to Prison to Return to US

Former NSA contractor says he has not received a formal plea-deal offer from US officials, who consider him to be a traitor More

Goodbye Pocahontas: Photos Reveal Today's Real Native Americans

Weary of stereotypes, photographer Matika Wilbur is determined to reshape the public's perception of her people More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments page of 2
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?
In Response

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.

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
In Response

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,.
In Response

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?
In Response

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.
In Response

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!
In Response

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.
Comments page of 2

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Russia’s Syria Involvement Raising Concerns in Europei
Luis Ramirez
October 02, 2015 4:45 PM
European nations are joining the United States in demanding that Russia stop targeting opposition groups other than the Islamic State militants as Russian warplanes continue to conduct raids in Syria. The demand came in a statement from Britain, France, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States Friday. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

Video Russia’s Syria Involvement Raising Concerns in Europe

European nations are joining the United States in demanding that Russia stop targeting opposition groups other than the Islamic State militants as Russian warplanes continue to conduct raids in Syria. The demand came in a statement from Britain, France, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States Friday. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

Video First Self-Driving Truck Debuts on European Highways

The first automated semi-trailer truck started its maiden voyage Friday, Oct. 2, on a European highway. The Daimler truck called 'Actros' is the first potentially mass-produced truck whose driver will be required only to monitor the situation, similar to the role of an airline captain while the plane is in autopilot mode. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video Nano-tech Filter Cleans Dirty Water

Access to clean water is a problem for hundreds of millions of people around the world. Now, a scientist and chemical engineer in Tanzania (in East Africa) is working to change that by creating an innovative water filter that makes dirty water safe. VOA’s Deborah Block has the story.

Video Demand Rising for Organic Produce in Cambodia

In Cambodia, where rice has long been the main cash crop, farmers are being encouraged to turn to vegetables to satisfy the growing demand for locally produced organic farm products. Daniel de Carteret has more from Phnom Penh.

Video Migrant Influx Costs Europe, But Economy Could Benefit

The influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants is testing Europe’s ability to respond – especially in the poorer Balkan states. But some analysts argue that Europe will benefit by welcoming the huge numbers of young people – many of them well educated and willing to work. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

Video Botanists Grow Furniture, with Pruning Shears

For something a bit out of the ordinary to furnish your home, why not consider wooden chairs, crafted by nature, with a little help from some British botanists with an eye for design. VOA’s Jessica Berman reports.

Video New Fabric Helps Fight Dust-Related Allergies

Many people around the world suffer from dust-related allergies, caused mainly by tiny mites that live in bed linen. Polish scientists report they have successfully tested a fabric that is impenetrable to the microscopic creatures. VOA’s George Putic has more.

Video Burkina Faso's Economy Deeply Affected by Political Turmoil

Political turmoil in Burkina Faso over the past year has taken a toll on the economy. The transitional government is reporting nearly $70 million in losses in the ten days that followed a short-lived coup by members of the presidential guard earlier this month. The crisis shut businesses and workers went on strike. With elections on the horizon, Emilie Iob reports on what a return to political stability can do for the country's economic recovery.

Video Fleeing Violence, Some Syrians Find Refuge in Irbil

As Syrians continue to flee their country’s unrest to seek new lives in safer places, VOA Persian Service reporter Shepol Abbassi visited Irbil, where a number Syrians have taken refuge. During the religious holidy of Eid al-Adha, the city largely shut down, as temperatures soared. Amy Katz narrates his report.

Video Nigeria’s Wecyclers Work for Reusable Future in Lagos

The streets and lagoons of Africa's largest city - Lagos, Nigeria - are often clogged with trash, almost none of which gets recycled. One company is trying to change that. Chris Stein reports for VOA from Lagos.

Video Sketch Artist Helps Catch Criminals, Gives a Face to Deceased

Police often face the problem of trying to find a crime suspect based on general descriptions that could fit hundreds of people in the vicinity of the crime. In these cases, an artist can use information from witnesses to sketch a likeness that police can show the public via newspapers and television. But, as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston, such sketches can also help bring back faces of the dead.

Video Thailand Set to Build China-like Internet Firewall

Thai authorities are planning to tighten control over the Internet, creating a single international access point so they can better monitor content. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Bangkok on what is being called Thailand’s own "Great Firewall."

Video Croatian Town’s War History Evokes Empathy for Migrants

As thousands of Afghanistan, Iraqi and Syrian migrants pass through Croatia, locals are reminded of their own experiences with war and refugees in the 1990s. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from the town of Vukovar, where wartime scars still are visible today.

Video Long Drought Affecting California’s Sequoias

California is suffering under a historic four-year drought and scientists say even the state's famed sequoia trees are feeling the pain. The National Park Service has started detailed research to see how it can help the oldest living things on earth survive. VOA’s George Putic reports.

VOA Blogs