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Japan gives OK to S. Korea's expanded air defence zone

Published on Dec 9, 2013 2:49 PM
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This picture taken on Dec 2, 2013, shows the South Korean Navy patrol-aircraft P-3C (top) and South Korean Aegis DDG-992 (left) during defence operations near Ieodo Ocean Research Station. Tokyo on Monday, Dec 9, 2013, cautiously endorsed South Korea's expanded air defence zone, saying it had blasted a similar move by China because it covered Japanese territory. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Tokyo on Monday cautiously endorsed South Korea's expanded air defence zone, saying it had blasted a similar move by China because it covered Japanese territory.

Regional tensions have been on high alert since Beijing declared an Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea last month, in which foreign planes are supposed to file flight plans with China.

The United States, Japan and South Korea accused China of unilaterally changing the status quo and flew military and paramilitary aircraft into the area in shows of defiance.

On Sunday, South Korea announced an expanded air defence zone, which covers a submerged rock disputed by Beijing and Seoul, and said it would go into effect on December 15.

 
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