Pentagon Prepared to Defend US Planes in China Defense Zone

It should be interesting to see how serious the US is in defending the Asia Pacific as it has just recently left Israel, one of its strongest allies, alone out in the cold in a hostile Middle East. China smells blood as well as American weakness, politically, economically, socially and militarily — and only time will tell how far they take this.

PENTAGON — A Pentagon spokesman says the United States will not comply with China’s new air defense zone in the East China Sea and is prepared to defend its aircraft that enter the region.

Shortly after China declared it was establishing an Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a statement condemning the move and saying the new Chinese policy would not in any way change how the United States conducts military operations in the region.

On Monday, Pentagon spokesman U.S. Army Colonel Steve Warren made the U.S. position even clearer.

When we fly into this aerial zone we will not register a flight plan.  We will not identify our transponder, our radio frequency, and our logo,” he said.

Those were the four things that Warren said China was now requiring of all aircraft entering the zone, which includes the Senkaku islands over which Beijing has a dispute with Japan.

“That was not a requirement last week.  American forces could just fly through there without having to do any of those things.  We will continue not doing those things,” said the spokesman.

Full article: Pentagon Prepared to Defend US Planes in China Defense Zone (Voice of America)

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