South Korea Expands Air Defense

Overlaps with space claimed by China and Japan

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South Korea announced its expansion of air patrol over a portion of the East China Sea also claimed by China and Japan.

For the first time in 62 years, South Korea widened its control to include an area referred to as Ieodo in South Korea and Suyan Rock in China, The New York Times reports. The submerged reef, which is believed to contain natural gas and mineral deposits, is under South Korea’s control, but China also claims it.

The announcement follows China’s move to broaden its air defense on Nov. 23, covering a set of islands claimed by both China and Japan. Japan and South Korea rejected the announcement.

The policing of air space underscores historical and territorial disputes between China, South Korea and Japan, heightening the possibility of military clash.

South Korea said it will implement its new zone in a week. Neither China or Japan have immediately responded.

[The New York Times]

4 comments
insuhk
insuhk

Korea need to brace itself for keeping the new line. Words don't sustain it, only the battle ships will do.

meddevguy
meddevguy

An appropriate response from South Korea. The only way to stop this imperialistic stupidity of China is for every country in the region to claim identical zones as China. In fact, the world should universally act so that landlocked countries like Switzerland should file their own claims based on the fact that the air that flows above their country also flies above the island groups that China is trying to sieze militarily.

The ownership and administering of the sea bed is set by the the UN Conference on the Seas years ago -- which China signed. This has nothing to do with a bunch of rocks -- they want the exclusive economic development rights to the Pacific.

Obviously the rights are worth everything to them -- virtually every war in history was started with one country seizing territory that others legally owned. Not sure why a country that is making such incredible strides is so eager to risk that.

EdKim
EdKim

@insuhk Funny.  Nobody uses battleships anymore.  They have been obsolete since WWII.

prastagus
prastagus

@meddevguy you did read that it also expanded to included part of Japanese ADIZ too right?