• China air defense zone a threat to region – DFA


    The Philippines expressed concern Thursday that China may seek control of air space over contested areas of the South China Sea, after Beijing declared an air defense zone above other disputed waters.

    Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said China’s announcement of an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea on the weekend raised the prospect of it doing the same for the South China Sea.

    “There’s this threat that China will control the air space [in the South China Sea],” del Rosario said in an interview on ABS-CBN television.

    The Philippines, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have overlapping claims to parts of the strategically vital and potentially resource-rich South China Sea.

    China insists it has sovereign rights to most of the sea, even waters and islands close to its neighbors.

    China has been steadily increasing its military and coast guard presence in the sea in recent years to assert its claim, causing diplomatic tensions to rise and stoking concerns in the Philippines about perceived Chinese bullying.

    Del Rosario also voiced concern over China’s declaration of the air defense zone in the East China Sea, where it is embroiled in a territorial dispute with Japan.

    “It transforms an entire air zone into China’s domestic air space. And that is an infringement, and compromises the safety of civil aviation,” del Rosario said.

    “It also compromises the national security of affected states.”

    The air defense zone requires aircraft to provide their flight plan, declare their nationality and maintain two-way radio communication, or face “emergency defensive measures.”

    The zone covers Tokyo-controlled islands—known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China—where ships and aircraft from the two countries already shadow each other.

    In a statement issued Thursday, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said the setting up of the ADIZ could cause “unintended consequences” in the region.

    The ministry said it is consulting with the United States, which has military bases in Tokyo, and coordinating with other “relevant countries and partners” that have common interests in ensuring the stability and the safety of the region.

    “Japan will, in partnership with the international community, strongly urge China to exercise self-restraint,” it said.

    The ministry said China’s establishment of the zone, which overlaps with Tokyo’s own air defense zone, is a “profoundly dangerous [act]that unilaterally change the status quo in the East China Sea, escalating the situation, and that may cause unintended consequences in the [region].”

    The United States defied Beijing’s air defense zone on Wednesday by flying two B-52 bombers through the area.

    The exercise was described as a training mission, although analysts said US was clear in its message that it will not recognize the new territorial claims Beijing imposed over the weekend.

    China did not respond to what Chinese netizens referred to as provocation and defiance from Washington.

    The Japanese ministry insisted it will not recognize China’s air defense zone, and that such measures “have no validity whatsoever in Japan.”

    “Japan demands China to revoke any measures that could infringe upon the freedom of flight in international airspace,” the statement said.

    Japan has already protested China’s actions and expressed its concerns to Beijing. It also demanded China to revoke such measures.

    “Japan will continue to respond firmly but in a calm manner against China’s attempt to unilaterally alter the status quo by coercive measures with determination to defend resolutely its territorial land, sea and airspace,” the ministry said.

    Beijing was incensed by Tokyo’s move to nationalize the chain of islands in the East China Sea in September 2012. The islands are called Senkaku by the Japanese and Diaoyu by the Chinese.

    Chinese and Japanese coast guards have regularly confronted each other in the surrounding waters, with China being angered by Japan’s threat to shoot down Chinese surveillance vessels in the disputed waters.

    The Senkaku Islands stretch out to a total of seven square kilometers, and is located northeast of Taiwan, east of mainland China and southwest of Okinawa.

    The uninhabited chain of islands is close to major shipping lanes, offers rich fishing grounds and believed to contain oil deposits.

    China’s claim is founded on ancient times while Japan incorporated the islands into its Nansei and Shoto islands back in 1985.


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    1. Arch.Angel(Lito) Lingan Mallonga on

      My group has been monitoring Kalayaan Island long time ago. My good friend a General in 1981 told me to secure Palawan. This is the most critical location within the ASEAN Countries. Now it is happening.I know why they want it anyway. USA will never get involved directly the way I see it. China has invested a lot of money in the USA. But there are ways on how USA can be utilized to neutralized China and other claimants including Taiwan , Vietnam as they are the countries who wants to claim part of this group of Islands. What you see above are just bits of small Island. The entire Kalayaan Island is far bigger than Palawan Island. It used to be an Island bigger than the entire Northern Luzon but due to climate change it is now under the sea. Climate change is not only happening now. It has happened centuries ago.

    2. This is a sign that China intends to invade the Philippines and neighboring countries. So you corrupt politicians of the Philippines, better get your acts together and do some preparations. Enrile says that the US’s magnanimous help in aiding the typhoon victims is not a reason for the US to increase its presence in the Philippines. With due respect sir, whether the US is in the Philippines or not, China will still invade the Philippines. You better take sides now before it’s too late. Your comment, ,Mr. Enrile, is also so ungrateful to say the least. There’s no news that you even lifted a finger to help the victimes, but, your tongue is quick in saying your nasty opinion. Btw, I’m a Filipino and I mean my comment against Enrile.

    3. well said then the government or politicians should not cancel the pending orders of the FA-50 fighter jets and AW 109 choppers from Italy, plus the 2 frigrates and more additional C-130 hercules cargo planes. because according to rumors that VP Binay wants to cancel orders of a squadron of FA-50 from south korea AW 109 light attack choppers. we are goin to play cheap again then if China engaged us and kill thousands of us then thats the time again that they scramble to buy these assets, too late.

      • Phl government responses as we know it … always late so this politicians who are incharge in the government right now, im sure whatever happen to the country if war broke out, they will just pack their things and leave the pilipino people empty handed