Chinese warplanes infringe on KADIZ

Elias Hubbard
December 18, 2017

South Korea's military on Monday said it is analyzing the "intention" of China's five warplanes that entered the Korean Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ).

The South Korean JCS said that it talked with the Chinese side over a hotline and that China said the operation was part of a routine exercise.

The issue of airspace and exclusive economic zones has always been contentious in the region, with China, South Korea and Japan making conflicting territorial claims.

China has intensified its drills in the region amid growing tensions over Taiwan after the USA president signed the National Defense Authorization Act that lays the grounds for future mutual naval visits between Taipei and Washington.

Chinese air force spokesperson Shen Jinke said they were conducting long-range drills into the Sea of Japan and around Taiwan, alluding to the South Korean reaction as he mentioned they "responded to interference from foreign military aircraft", according to Reuters. China's defense ministry also announced that this was a planned exercise and did not target any specific country or region.

And it comes following last week's state visit by President Moon Jae-in while tensions with North Korea continue to build. (5:34-6:11) "All military actions have political implications and it's been only two days since President Moon came back from China".

South Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff said the Chinese planes were detected travelling from the southwest of Ieo Island at around 10.10am, and left its air defence identification zone at 1.47pm. Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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