China’s air defense zone move dangerous, says Shinzo Abe

China’s air defense zone move dangerous, says Shinzo Abe

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The prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe on Monday, November 25, 2013 said that China’s admission of an air defense identification zone – which also includes disputed islands – is extremely dangerous. The latest statements were made by Shinzo Abe when Washington said that it would support him if any kind of military conflict occurs over the Senkaku Islands.

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Abe said, “I am strongly concerned as it is a profoundly dangerous act that may cause unintended consequences”. The prime minister of Japan went on to say that the country will ask China to restrain itself, as they resume working with the international community. Beijing on November 23, 2013 said that it would need all aircraft flying over the East China Sea area to obey its orders.

John Kerry, the US Secretary of State announced that Washington is deeply concerned and that the move would increase risks of an incident. Kerry also said that the unilateral action represents an attempt to change the current situation in the East China Sea. The foreign ministry of Japan said that it would not respect the demarcation of China, as it does not have any validity in Japan.

So far, the two countries have been involved in many controversies related to the disputed islands, with official ships and aircraft shadowing each other and warning the other side.

Photo Credits: China Daily