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Japanese white paper raps China’s dangerous ADIZ

Publication Date : 06-08-2014

 

Japan’s defence white paper for 2014 criticised China’s air defence identification zone, which declared unilaterally in November over the East China Sea, as dangerous, asserting the move could result in “unintended consequences,” and expressed strong concern over China’s expansion of military power.

The Defence of Japan 2014, which was approved by the Cabinet on Tuesday, said the security environment surrounding Japan is increasingly severe and the destabilising factors are becoming more serious.

The annual white paper also said China’s ADIZ over the East China Sea includes the Senkaku Islands, “as if they were a part of China’s territory.”

Strong concerns were also expressed over China’s move to obligate airplanes flying in its ADIZ to abide by the rules set by the Chinese National Defence Ministry. Japan is deeply concerned about such measures, which are “profoundly dangerous acts that unilaterally change the status quo in the East China Sea, escalating the situation, and that may cause unintended consequences” in the area.

Concerning China’s continuous maritime expansion in the East and South China seas, the white paper said it was based on the nation’s own assertion that is incompatible with the existing order of international law.

According to the white paper, the Air Self-Defence Force scrambled its fighter jets 810 times in fiscal 2013 in response to growing activity by the Chinese and Russian military, including their aircraft deployment. It was the first year ASDF planes have been scrambled more than 800 times since fiscal 1989.

Concerning North Korea, which successively fired short- and medium-range ballistic missiles this year, the white paper surmised that Pyongyang is more confident about the performance of its missiles because its types of missiles have become more diversified.

The white paper added that North Korea may commit more military provocations and aggravate circumstances because of its overconfidence and misconception of its military power.

“Gray-zone” incidents were also mentioned in the paper for the first time, referring to infringements that do not involve force.

Apparently with such countries as China in mind, the white paper also expressed concerns that attempts to change the existing order and obtain economic interests may trigger gray-zone incidents.

As for Cabinet approval of the government’s new view to allow limited exercise of the right of collective self-defence, the white paper said it has historic importance to further ensure Japan’s peace and safety.

 

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