"China's air force has faithfully carried out its mission and tasks, with China's navy, since it was tasked with patrolling the East China Sea air defense identification zone
. It monitored throughout the entire flights, made timely identification and ascertained the types," Shen was quoted as saying.
It is now considering implementing the inspections and refueling, in case Tokyo applies the emergency-at-periphery law, only on the sea under Japan's air defense identification zone
or ADIZ in a bid to avoid a military action, the sources said.
The areas set for the live-fire drill and test launches are said to be portions of the air defense identification zone
, where intruding Chinese military jets have recently been reported.
An air defense identification zone
is airspace that a country sets to identify and control possibly hostile aircraft, different from territorial airspace.
TOKYO, Dec 18 (KUNA) -- Five Chinese military planes on Monday entered the Korean Air Defense Identification Zone
, prompting South Korea's fighter jets to make an emergency sortie, Yonhap News Agency reported.
He added that China would have the capability to place the entire South China Sea within its air defense identification zone
On Friday Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hun Lei responded to a statement from Admiral Harry Harris, commander of US Pacific Command, who said on Thursday that the US would ignore a possible declaration from China of a Chinese Air Defense Identification Zone
(ADIZ) in the South China Sea.
15 (PNA/Kyodo) -- A top Japanese defense official warned Monday that China has a military purpose in its creation of islands in the South China Sea, citing the possibility of Beijing declaring an air defense identification zone
, or ADIZ, over the waters.
A draft of the statement shows Japan and ASEAN are giving consideration to underscoring the importance of "freedom of overflight" over the high seas after China declared the controversial air defense identification zone
(ADIZ) last month, the Japan Times reports.
The small Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea are closest to Taiwan, but, according Spiegel Online, such territorial claims are not about distance but rather "influence and natural resources, with hegemony and nationalism, and with bitter historical memories and fresh, global aspirations - in short, it's a toxic mixture of geopolitics." Beijing announced an air defense identification zone
over the islands.
Japanese Defense Ministry officials said Wednesday they plan to extend Japan's Air Defense Identification Zone
-- now along the 123 degrees east longitude line -- to include Yonakuni Island, Japan's westernmost territory and the closest to Taiwan, as well as waters to the island's west.