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Japan seeks international action over China's new air zone

By Oliver Teves

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:32 a.m. HST, Dec 08, 2013

TACLOBAN, Philippines >> Japan's defense minister called on the international community Sunday to oppose China's recently declared maritime air defense zone over the East China Sea and possibly over the disputed South China Sea.

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera discussed Japan's concern over China's action separately with Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Australian Foreign Minister Julia Bishop. Onodera and Bishop separately visited central Tacloban city, which was ruined by Typhoon Haiyan last month.

In his meeting with Bishop, Onodera said he mentioned that the international community "should meet to deal with this matter together" and that any unilateral action by coercive means should be opposed.

"If any country would establish a similar air zone in the South China Sea, that would bring up tension in the region and I mentioned that should be stopped," he told reporters in Tacloban, where he visited a school serving as a shelter for villagers who lost their homes in the Nov. 8 typhoon.

He said that the issue should be resolved by dialogue.

The United States, Australia, South Korea and other countries have also expressed alarm over China's new air identification zone. Beijing says all aircraft entering the vast area must identify themselves and follow Chinese instructions.

China's ambassador to the Philippines, Ma Keqing, said early this week that it was Beijing's right to decide "where and when to set up" an air identification zone. She was asked about a possibility that China might set up a similar zone over the South China Sea.

Ma did not say if China would set up such a zone.

Onodera said that China's unilateral action violates the spirit of the International Civil Aviation Organization treaty.

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1local wrote:
did Japan ever get punished for using chemical and bological weapons against China? Don't recall any USA invasion or toppling of the government in Japan for use of chemical and biological weapons...
on December 8,2013 | 06:54AM
TigerEye wrote:
You understand that toppled governments and occupations are part of what happens when a country is on the losing end of a world war, right? No? As far as punishment... I'd say that two atomic bombs dropped over the civilian populations of two cities should count for at least something. Fortunately for Asia and the rest of the world what you don't recall doesn't jibe with what actually happened.
on December 8,2013 | 07:31AM
Nevadan wrote:
And the Rape of Nanking. Tens of thousands of young women were raped and then executed. That was erased from textbooks in Japan.
on December 8,2013 | 10:24AM
HD36 wrote:
Might makes right. It has for centures. You can't have a strong military without a strong currency.
on December 8,2013 | 07:41AM
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