Wednesday, July 13, 2016

South China Sea: China 'has right to set up air defence zone'

A Senior Chinese official, Vice-Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin has said China has the right to set up an air defence zone over territory it claims in the South China Sea. The statement from comes a day after an international tribunal said there was no legal basis for China's claims.
President Xi Jinping has said China's "territorial sovereignty and marine rights" in the seas will not be affected by the ruling "in any way".
In a government paper released on Wednesday, China reiterated its claims over the land and maritime territory. Introducing the paper, Liu told reporters that China would establish an Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the South China Sea "if our security is being threatened".

China set up an ADIZ over similarly disputed territory in the East China Sea in 2013, requiring all aircraft passing through it to follow certain rules, file flight plans and identify themselves. The move would be seen as overt control of the area.