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South Korea announces new air defence zone

Sunday, December 08, 2013 - 00:56

Dec. 8 - South Korea announces plans for a newly expanded air defence zone. Julie Noce reports.

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Adding to weeks of regional and international tensions about airspace over parts of Asia, the South Korean government Sunday announced plans for a newly expanded air defence zone. Government officials said the new zone would include airspace over an underwater rock that houses a South Korean research station. The move came after China's announcement last month of their own air defence zone which includes the submerged rock plus the airspace over a group of islands at the heart of a major territorial dispute with Japan. Under China's air zone rules, all aircraft have to report flight plans, maintain radio contact and reply to identification questions by Chinese authorities. China's declaration has been the subject of major disagreements between U.S., Chinese and Japanese diplomats in the past weeks. To show their disagreement with China's air zone declaration, U.S., Japanese, and South Korean military aircraft have all breached the zone without informing Beijing.

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South Korea announces new air defence zone

Sunday, December 08, 2013 - 00:56