China condemns Abe for criticizing air defense zone

BEIJING Sat Dec 14, 2013 11:28pm EST

China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei asks journalists for questions during a news conference in Beijing July 7, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei asks journalists for questions during a news conference in Beijing July 7, 2011.

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China has condemned Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for "maliciously slandering" its air defense zone in an escalating war of words between the neighbors.

Abe told a news conference on Saturday that China's recent announcement of the air defense identification zone over disputed islands in the East China Sea is "unjustly violating the freedom of aviation over the high seas" and demanded Beijing rescind it.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei defended the zone, which has triggered protests from Japan, the United States and South Korea.

"We express strong dissatisfaction with Japan's leader using an international occasion to maliciously slander China," Hong said in a statement seen on the ministry website on Sunday.

The islands are claimed by Beijing as the Diaoyus and by Tokyo as the Senkakus.

"The Diaoyus are an inherent territory of China. Japan's seizure and occupation of the islands are illegal and invalid," Hong said, adding that the zone is in line with international laws and practices, and does not affect aviation freedom.

"The Chinese side took necessary measures to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity. This is totally legitimate and irreproachable," the spokesman said.

"Japan's attempt to play tricks with concept ... and mislead world opinion is doomed to failure," he added.

China's air defense zone and its territorial claims in the South China Sea have raised concerns that a minor incident in the disputed seas could quickly escalate.

China and several ASEAN nations have competing territorial claims in the energy-rich South China Sea.

Abe and leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) agreed at a summit in Tokyo on Saturday for the need for freedom of the high seas and skies and called for the peaceful resolution of disputes.

The statement did not criticize China's air zone. Many ASEAN members have deep economic ties with China.

Sino-Japanese tensions have risen over the past year in a long-running dispute over the Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea. Both countries have scrambled aircraft and conducted naval patrols in the area.

(Reporting by Zhang Shengnan and Benjamin Kang Lim; Editing by Michael Perry)

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Comments (7)
parkmcgraw wrote:
The statement by the Chinese Foreign Ministry Hong Lei, and just one in a series of invalid claims upon extraterritorial maritime regions of a predetermined nature,

“The Diaoyus are an inherent territory of China”

beyond 20th century territorial desires at the core, motivated solely upon 20th century petroleum discoveries, and declining fishery stocks.

The entire maritime claim by the historically littoral country of China void of qualifying and or validating elements of a historical nature.

China, by its own actions, shown to be a nation void of honor and ethics, and clearly visible from the nation’s routinely vulgar justifying of the making and selling of counterfeit products, stealing of intellectual property, the Chinese lunar lander being a prime example.

Less a reckless political leader or conflicted, China being a country not ever to be trusted with regards to territorial claims without an overwhelming preponderance of hard evidence.

The evidence presented on behalf of China’s maritime territorial claim preferable originating from a third party, untouched by the hand of China.

Today’s extraterritorial position held by China, from the days of Sun Tzu, being a political act of deceit, and the principle philosophy from which Chinese diplomacy has been historically premised.

The approach taken, and comments by Mr. Hong Lei, along with other Chinese officials and so called Chinese “intellects”, being nothing more than the country of China hoping that repeating a lie often enough, even without evidence, may have a chance of being understood by its own population and the gullible of the world as the truth.

Park McGraw

Dec 15, 2013 12:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
parkmcgraw wrote:
The statement by the Chinese Foreign Ministry Hong Lei, and just one in a series of invalid claims upon extraterritorial maritime regions of a predetermined nature,

“The Diaoyus are an inherent territory of China”

beyond 20th century territorial desires at the core, motivated solely upon 20th century petroleum discoveries, and declining fishery stocks.

The entire maritime claim by the historically littoral country of China void of qualifying and or validating elements of a historical nature.

China, by its own actions, shown to be a nation void of honor and ethics, and clearly visible from the nation’s routinely vulgar justifying of the making and selling of counterfeit products, stealing of intellectual property, the Chinese lunar lander being a prime example.

Less a reckless political leader or conflicted, China being a country not ever to be trusted with regards to territorial claims without an overwhelming preponderance of hard evidence.

The evidence presented on behalf of China’s maritime territorial claim preferable originating from a third party, untouched by the hand of China.

Today’s extraterritorial position held by China, from the days of Sun Tzu, being a political act of deceit, and the principle philosophy from which Chinese diplomacy has been historically premised.

The approach taken, and comments by Mr. Hong Lei, along with other Chinese officials and so called Chinese “intellects”, being nothing more than the country of China hoping that repeating a lie often enough, even without evidence, may have a chance of being understood by its own population and the gullible of the world as the truth.

Park McGraw

Dec 15, 2013 12:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
WJL wrote:
When you have military aircraft training for future hostile moves off your coast, an ADIZ is good sense and reduce the risks of war.

China should have established this ADIZ long ago. USA should cooperate and stop its military exercises off China’s coast.

Dec 15, 2013 12:54am EST  --  Report as abuse
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