Latest UPDATE added on November 26 (2nd).
In the light of an earlier reported operation of Japan's self-defence units after having detected two Chinese surveillance planes over China's newly declared air defence identification zone in the East China Sea and another diplomatic approach from Tokyo, the Chinese government now launches a verbal counter-attack:
As to the delimitation of an air defence identification zone,
Japan has no right to act differently from what it says.
An overall picture of Diaoyu Island and the islets attached to it, taken by a Chinese B-3837 maritime surveillance plane. On December 13, 2012, at about 10 o'clock, a Chinese B-3837 maritime surveillance plane arrived at the territorial air space of Dianyu Island, meeting with a formation of China's maritime surveillance vessels No. 50, 46, 66 and 137 for unfolding a three-dimensional cruising of sea and air [near] Diaoyu Island. - Info launched by XINHUA agency.
On November 23 , China's government released a statement regarding the delimitation and setting up of an air defence identification zone in the East [China] Sea, thus initiating a strong response by a few countries.
On November 25 and in the light of an [approach] from the Japanese side against China's delimitation and setting up of an air defence identification zone in the East [China] Sea, Qin Gang, spokesman of the ministry of foreign affairs showed that China's ministry of foreign affairs, the ministry of defence, and China's embassy in Japan already rejected [that] unreasonable [approach] of the Japanese side on just grounds. The Japanese side is requested to correct [its] mistake immediately.
On November 25, China's deputy minister of foreign affairs, Zheng ZeGuang, summoned the Japanese ambassador to China to clarify his country's position:
Zheng ZeGuang [declares] that since the 1950ies more than 20 nations, including Japan, have established air defence identification zones. As Diaoyu Island and the islets attached to it are China's inherent territory since ancient times, China's air defence identification zone is certainly covering that region. The Japanese side has [therefore] no right to [oppose] the Chinese side's legitimate action and which is conform to international law [while Japan is] acting differently from what it is saying and with a premeditated attack. .....
The Chinese official then demands Japan to stop pointing out at China in order to avoid further damage to Chinese-Japanese relations.
[Source: China News 中国新闻网—军事新闻 on November 26 (local date!), 2013]
As to the air defence identification zone, china.com has prepared a special webpage containing links to related news and comments. The following two headlines are shown on top of that page:
Japanese expert: China declares its will to fight for the air defence identification zone.
On November 25, a Japanese scholar demonstrated that China's unexpected proclamation of an air defence identification zone is to inform Japan and foreign societies that China considers the possibility of a war to take place on this subject.
While China [is facing] U.S.-Japanese waves of aggression - Will the East [China] Sea [experience] an accidental discharge of the weapon that is just being cleant ?
A map of the region attached to the china.com page is referring to additional information on recent surveillance missions of China's Tupolev-154 plane. The latest mission took place on November 23 and passed Diaoyu Island at a distance of about 40 km according to Chinese military sources while the Japanese side said it was rather 20 km. The plane approaching the disputed group of islands then triggered off an emergency start of Japanese fighters as already reported.
[Source: china.com 中华王—军事 on November 26, 2013]
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