Japan and US are outraged after Beijing has declared eight uninhabited islands at the center of a territorial dispute with Tokyo part of China’s new aerial zone, warning of “defensive emergency measures” if the zone is violated.
Saturdays’ Statement by China’s Defense Ministry says that any Japanese planes in the vicinity of Senkaku/ Diaoyu Islands need to submit their flight patterns to China’s Foreign Ministry or civil aviation administration and they must maintain radio contact with Chinese authorities.
“The Chinese government has followed common international practices in the establishment of the zone, with aims of protecting its state sovereignty and territorial and airspace security, and maintaining flying orders. It is a necessary measure in China’s exercise of self-defense rights. It has no particular target and will not affect the freedom of flight in relevant airspace,” China’s Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told Xinhua.
The Chinese Air Force also conducted its first air patrol flights over the islands of the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone.
“The patrol is in line with international common practices, and the normal flight of international flights will not be affected,” Shen Jinke, spokesman for Air Force told Xinhua.
Shen said that the Chinese armed forces will tackle air threats to protect the security of the country’s airspace. see more