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Beijing eyeing South China Sea ADIZ: Japanese report

Published on Jan 31, 2014 12:47 PM
A man walks past a poster of Chinese airmen beside a Chinese-made J6 fighter jet on display at the People's Liberation Army Aviation Museum in Beijing. China which recently declared an "air defence identification zone" (ADIZ) covering East China Sea islands disputed with Japan, is likely to do the same in South China Sea, a Japanese news report has said. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - China is considering declaring a new Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the South China Sea, according to a Japanese report Friday, a move likely to fan tensions in an area riven by territorial disputes.

The report comes months after Beijing caused consternation with the sudden declaration of an ADIZ above the East China Sea, covering islands at the centre of a sovereignty row with Tokyo.

It also comes as countries in the region grow increasingly concerned about what they see as China's aggressive territorial claims.

Working level officials in the Chinese airforce have drafted proposals for the new zone, which could set the Paracel islands at its core and spread over much of the sea, the Asahi Shimbun said, citing unnamed sources, including from the Chinese government.

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