20131201 US operations unchanged by Chinaˇ¦s new air zone
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US operations unchanged by Chinaˇ¦s new air zone


US military chiefs have insisted they will not change their operations despite China scrambling fighter jets to monitor US and Japanese aircraft in Beijingˇ¦s newly declared air defense zone.

However, the US Department of State said US commercial airlines should observe Chinaˇ¦s demand to be given notice of aircraft entering the zone, while stating that compliance ˇ§does not indicate US government acceptance of Chinaˇ¦s requirements.ˇ¨

China flew warplanes into its air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Friday, Chinese state media said, nearly a week after it announced the zone, which covers islands at the center of a dispute between Beijing and Tokyo, raising regional tensions.

A Xinhua report indicated that Japan and the US are continuing to disregard Chinaˇ¦s demands that aircraft submit flight plans when traversing the area in the East China Sea or face unspecified ˇ§defensive emergency measures.ˇ¨

ˇ§We have flights routinely transiting international airspace throughout the Pacific, including the area China is including in their ADIZ,ˇ¨ Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said on Friday. ˇ§These flights are consistent with long-standing and well-known US freedom of navigation policies that are applied in many areas of operation around the world. I can confirm that the US has and will continue to operate in the area as normal.ˇ¨

Compliance by commercial flights ˇ§does not indicate US government acceptance of Chinaˇ¦s requirements for operating in the newly declared ADIZ,ˇ¨ the State Department said in a statement.

Japanese airlines, under pressure from Tokyo, stopped following Chinaˇ¦s new rules on Wednesday, after initially complying.

In its evening edition yesterday, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper said Japanˇ¦s two biggest airlines were unlikely to change their stance even after the US announcement.

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