Philip Wen smh.com.au 'Dangerous escalation': Two of the disputed islands, known as Diaoyu by the Chinese and as Senkaku by the Japanese. Photo: AP China has claimed the right to take military action against aircraft that enter a newly declared "air defence identification zone" that covers an area contested by Japan, in a move that is likely to escalate an already tense territorial dispute in the East China Sea. The Defence Ministry released a map and geographical co-ordinates for the zone, which covered areas very close to Japan and South Korea, and included the skies over islands that China claims as Diaoyu, and the Japanese claim as Senkaku. The ministry said aircraft entering the airspace must report a flight plan and respond to identification inquiries. "China's armed forces will take defensive emergency measures to respond to aircraft that do not co-operate in identification or refuse to follow orders," Defence spokesman Colonel Yang Yujun said, adding it was not "directed at any specific country or target". "The objective is to defend national sovereignty and territorial and air security, as well as to maintain orderly aviation," he said. Japan swiftly lodged a strong protest over what it called a "dangerous escalation" of the dispute. to read more click here: smh.com.au
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