Air Defense Zone and Land Problem Caused Fight Between
U.S. and China Defence Minister.
The U.S. and China defense ministers have been discussing
the disputed East and South China Sea, hacking by spies
and other recent issues in a Beijing meeting on Tuesday.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel accused the CCP of unilaterally
declaring its air defense identification zone over the disputed waters.
CCP Defense Minister Chang Wanquan said China is prepared
at any time to cope with any type of threats and challenges
to safeguarding sovereignty and territory.
On April 8, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel criticized
China again for unilaterally establishing an air-defense zone
over the East China Sea during a joint press conference in Beijing.
Hagel said: “The United States has been very clear on
And that is that, first, every nation has a right to establish
air defense zones, but not a right to do it unilaterally, with
no collaboration, no consultation.
That adds to tensions, misunderstandings, and could eventually
add to, and eventually get to, dangerous conflict."
China Defense Minister Chang Wanquan said China
stands ready to resolve the issues through negotiations
with the countries directly involved and remains prepared
to safeguard its territory.
He warned that the U.S. should watch out for Japan
and shouldn’t let it get out of control.
The U.S. refused to accept several times that Beijing’s
declaration of the air defense zone last October over a large
swath of the vast China Sea,
including disputed islands controlled by Japan.
Xia Ming, New York City University political science professor:
“It is very tense in the East China sea region, especially in
relation to the Diaoyu Islands dispute.
China’s regime is trying to elevate the conflict, and the
response from the U.S. and Japan must not be one of approval."
The defense secretary arrived in Beijing after a stop in Japan
where he told reporters that China must be more open about
its military build-up and have greater respect for its neighbors.
Chief editor Wu Fan of U.S.-based Chinese magazine China Affairs
says the relations between China and Japan have been strained
since the Diaoyu Islands were acquired at the end of 2011.
The issue has been shelved until Japanese Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe took office last year and advocated that the
Diaoyu Islands belong to Japan without discussing with China.
Wu Fan, chief editor for China Affairs magazine:
“Another target for the CCP’s declaration of the air defense
identification zone is for the Diaoyu Islands.
They’re including the Diaoyu Islands inside the air zone
and overlapping Japan’s air zone immediately
aroused strong opposition from the U.S. and Japan."
Commentator Wu Fan says the CCP’s air zone targeted the
Diaoyu Islands, but not to provide a solution.
Wu Fan:"The internal reason is to take manipulate
nationalist thought to have it explode outwardly.
Once any aircraft entered the air zone without listening
to the commands and supervision, they would take it down.
As a result, the CCP wants to get people riled up to firm up
political power in order to bolster its military morale for a
second generation of the red army for outward expansion."
Wu Fan says the CCP intended to use patriotism to divert
domestic social crises, but instead got netizens’ cynicism and
blame from those with nationalist sentiments,
resulting in a loss on both sides.
Last year, 3 days after the CCP’s declaration of the air
zone in the East China Sea over the Diaoyu Islands and
warned that trespassing foreign aircraft would be shot down,
U.S. bomber planes came to challenge.
Later, South Korea and Japan’s Self-Defense Forces military
aircrafts have taken similar action without informing China.
It sparked Chinese netizens’ ridicule
and international media attention.
The so-called “air defense identification zone"
also became an international laughing stock.
Hong Kong-based Oriental Daily commented that on the Diaoyu
Islands, as well as the East and South China Sea sovereignty issue,
China has always been the biggest talker with the least action.
In addition, Hagel publicly urged the CCP to be more open on
military intentions during the press conference.
Hagel also warned that it will undermine Beijing’s reputation
if they continue to support North Korea.
He encouraged Chinese leaders to do more to restrain North Korea’s
destabilizing military tests in the region and play
a larger role in containing the dangers posed in the region.
The U.S. Defense Secretary also called for more transparency
in order to “prevent misinterpretations and misunderstandings
and, ultimately, to reduce the risk of a conflict."
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