China sends fighter jets into disputed air zone; Japan, South Korea defiant
This photo taken on October 13, 2011 shows a P-3C patrol plane of Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force flying over the disputed islets known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and Diaoyu islands in China, in the East China Sea.
November 29th, 2013
10:32 AM ET

China sends fighter jets into disputed air zone; Japan, South Korea defiant

By Tim Hume, Jethro Mullen and Yoko Wakatsuki

China sent fighter jets into its newly claimed air defense zone Thursday, as Japan and South Korea sounded notes of defiance by declaring they would continue to fly through disputed airspace without notifying Beijing.

South Korea announced yesterday it had already sent a military flight into China's newly claimed "air defense identification zone" (ADIZ) on Tuesday without alerting China, while Japan appeared to claim it had also flown into the territory since China's announcement Saturday that it was unilaterally establishing the zone.

The flights have raised the stakes in a rapidly escalating dispute over contested territory in and above the East China Sea. They follow U.S. flights into the territory earlier in the week, when two unarmed B-52 bombers passed uncontested through the zone, in what the Pentagon described as a pre-planned military exercise.

Col. Shen Jinke, spokesman for the People's Liberation Army Air Force, said the Chinese warplanes, including Su-30 and J-11 fighters and an airborne radar early warning system, were flown Thursday into the ADIZ in what he described as a "defensive measure ... in line with international practices."


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  1. Adriane Wimberley

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    February 23, 2021 at 8:00 pm | Reply
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  3. Ishramkhe

    If America did not 'poke' its nose in world affairs and did not contain those rogue nations there in remote regions, you would , no doubt, not be here today to talk like that General Sherman because then, you would either be under the earth by now serving as food for earth worm or be busy crying for democracy and free living in some dungeon or in the streets flying slogans in response to Tian an men type oppression in your own country. Your sons and brothers are risking their lives and even losing lives in those places in order that YOU may be free here ' to criticize their endeavour' . Bravo!

    December 10, 2013 at 12:40 am | Reply
  4. Watch for the Fan Boys

    FoxConn is in China. FoxConn makes Apple products. Millions of people love Apple Products. CNN loves Apple products. I wonder if we might have a secret Chinese fifth column of Apple Fan Boys to worry about? Hmmm....

    December 3, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Reply
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    December 3, 2013 at 12:11 am | Reply
  6. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    December 2, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  7. spaz

    Boycott China and everything made in China. Just do a search of China boiling live dogs to see how sick those bastaards are.

    November 29, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Reply
    • rkfrom ny

      Can you prove any of that bla-bla-bla of yours above, spaz? I think not! You probably made it up, didn't you?

      November 29, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Reply
      • elvix

        That is true. I saw on youtube, an alive dog being skinned. It made me really sick just watching it.

        November 30, 2013 at 6:15 pm |
    • HereInTheUSA

      While our politicians have been bickering for years like idiotic fools, China has been crushing the USA in a war that we don't even know we're in and without even firing a shot.

      Bringing manufacturing back home to the USA is going to end up being not only a key to restoring our economy, but to maintaining our national security as well.

      * Chinese firms and state agencies have been implicated in a host of hacking attacks, on targets ranging from leading industrial and technology firms, to the Pentagon and other US government agencies, to the New York Times, Coca-Cola and numerous other companies and industries.

      * Oct 2012: The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said U.S. telecommunications operators should not be allowed do business with China's top network equipment makers because potential Chinese state influence on the companies poses a security threat.

      * Also most counterfeit goods are produced and manufactured in China, making it the counterfeit capital of the world. In fact, the counterfeiting industry accounts for 8% of China's GDP.

      * Foreign Lobbyists here in the US promote sending US jobs to countries like China, where they work for slave wages, no benefits, no OSHA safety standards or no real environment regulations. It also doesn't help us compete when these company's factories are subsidized by China's communist government. Just check out the current Chinese extreme pollution issues – We all live in the same world, but not every country plays by the same rules.

      Over the past 2-3 decades, both parties have sold out the bulk of the American citizens, who they're supposed to represent, by allowing the incursion of illegal aliens (cheap labor) and the "out-sourcing" floodgates to open wider and wider without taking any sensible measures to stem the tide.

      Our leaders are elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to represent the interests of those citizens and the country itself. – They are NOT elected by the Global Market Place or foreign citizens!

      That whole frigging shortsighted Wall Street mentality from the 1980's to the present has been what has destroyed the real American economy and the future of the American people.

      This just shows us another reason why "Our Government" has to starting protecting and restoring domestic industry and the jobs that those industries provide. If they do that, the rest will take care of itself.

      We may have to pay a bit more for products made here in the USA by US citizens, but at least we'll still have jobs and a future for our children.

      December 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Reply
      • regsphil

        Yes, your right ... but our government never listen to each own citizen .our jobs give it to china the u.s. enemy and future problem of the world.politician never solve the problem of u.s.citizen untill made in u.s.a. never come back in our home land. That the world are always asking where is made in u.s.a. no more..........

        December 13, 2013 at 6:07 am |
  8. China and India unite

    I wonder what the US would do if China had war games with Mexico and Russia in the Gulf of Mexico or by the northwest pacific coast of Mexico. They too would fly near by and proabbly even over them.

    November 29, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Reply
    • rkfrom ny

      Great post above, China and India unite. How true that rings!

      November 29, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Reply
    • jonainpdx

      Make no mistake, China is belligerent. And if you honestly feel for their cause, go live there. Yes that is nationalism and yes, it's pragmatic. They are aiming nukes at your homeland. No go cry me a freaken river why don't you.

      December 2, 2013 at 5:53 am | Reply
  9. Khgf Tdbn

    Do you like slave labor or do you just like disassociated slave labor...

    November 29, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Reply
  10. Ntrdh Dryujgd

    go ahead watch X mas... wit h... ou t...c hin a...i dare you...

    November 29, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  11. Ntrdh Dryujgd

    I can't remember the last time I saw a White baby with white people who did not speak broken English...

    November 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  12. Ntrdh Dryujgd

    Sherman is that an Israelie name...

    November 29, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Reply
  13. Ntrdh Dryujgd

    I'm going to go eat Chinse food right now the people there are Chinese...

    November 29, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  14. Ntrdh Dryujgd

    The Chinese are in Afganistan and Iraq and Pakistan...just ask them...the Chinsese were in Vietnam Cambodia...just ask them...

    November 29, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  15. Ntrdh Dryujgd

    the Chinses did come to America the Chinese are here right now...just ask them...they have a choke hold on America...

    November 29, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  16. Portland tony

    That's what nations do! If the Chinese and Russians were having military exercises 200 miles off the California coast we would send overflights of fighters etc just to show we could!

    November 29, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  17. MIB

    Just what the world needs right now.

    November 29, 2013 at 11:53 am | Reply
  18. rkfrom ny

    This is absolute stupidity at it's very worst! Does anyone here know how WW1 started or even read their history books? Judging by some of these ignorant blogs on this website, it doesn't appear that way! Now watch a lot of ignoramuses blog in here to belch out, "hip, hip, hurrah" as if it were some kind of sporting even like a football or hockey game!

    November 29, 2013 at 11:34 am | Reply
    • zelskid

      China must to stopped. Appeasement never works

      November 29, 2013 at 11:37 am | Reply
      • General Sherman

        How can China be stopped when it isn't going anywhere in the first place, zelskid? It is we Americans who invaded Iraq in 2003 and Afghanistan in 2001 and we're still murdering people there with those monster drones of ours. Forthermore, who has troops in J apan, Germany and South Korea today? Definitely not China! Need I say more?

        November 29, 2013 at 1:09 pm |

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