China says US should respect China’s air defense zone

On Thursday taunted that US should respect its air defense identification Zone (ADIZ), after Chinese officials strictly warned a US bomber to flying inside China’s self-declared zone in The East China Sea.

China declared the zone in 2013. In this zone aircraft are supposed to identify themselves to Chinese authorities. But both Japan and U.S refused to recognize.

The Pentagon rejected the Chinese warning and said it would continue its flight operations in the region.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said she had not heard of the matter, and referred questions to the Defense Ministry, which did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

“But, generally speaking, I hope that in this region all countries’ actions consider the security concerns of relevant countries and be beneficial for mutual trust, peace and stability between countries,” Hua told a daily news briefing.

“The United States has its own ADIZs. I think if this matter is true, they should respect China’s relevant ADIZ rights,” she added, without elaborating.

A spokesman for the US Defense Department, Commander Gary Ross, said the United States viewed China’s establishment of an East China Sea ADIZ in 2013 as “a unilateral change to the status quo … that raises regional tensions and increases the risk of miscalculation, confrontation and accidents.”

He said the US military would not change how it conducts its operations.

“The United States will not acquiesce to unilateral acts of other States designed to restrict the rights, freedoms, and uses of the sea and airspace, as reflected in international law,” he said.

“We do not accept, nor do we recognize, the East China Sea ADIZ declared by China,” he said.

The US Air Force deployed a B-1B Lancer strategic bomber for bilateral training missions in Japanese and South Korean airspace on Tuesday, a show of force in response to recent North Korean missile tests.

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