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Qantas and SIA bow to China’s new airspace demand

November 28, 2013 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Qantas and Singapore Airlines have each said they will abide by new airspace rules imposed by China which require airlines to file flight plans before flying over the sea between China and Japan.

Japan Air Lines and All Nippon Airways are ready to defy China’s new rules, after the Tokyo government requested them not to comply, the BBC reported. Japan has dismissed the Chinese defence zone as “not valid at all”. Rembrandt - www.rembrandtbkk

Australia has summoned the Chinese ambassador to convey opposition to the zone and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said “the timing and manner” of China’s announcement were “unhelpful in light of current regional tensions”.

Imposing the new air defence zone last weekend, the Chinese defence ministry said aircraft must report a flight plan, “maintain two-way radio communications” and “respond in a timely and accurate manner” to identification inquiries. Otherwise they could face “emergency defensive measures”.

The move by China coincides with increased tensions over disputed islands in East China Sea that have been a source of friction between China and Japan for decades.

The US has no intention of complying with the Chinese demand. To demonstrate that, it has just flown two B-52 long-range strategic bombers over the disputed islands in direct defiance of new Chinese air defence rule.

The US bombers (which were reported to be unarmed) had followed “normal procedures,” which included “not filing flight plans, not radioing ahead and not registering our frequencies,” a Pentagon colonel told the BBC.

Written by : Peter Needham

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