Source: Portland Press Herald
China said Saturday that noncommercial aircraft entering a broad zone over the East China Sea must first identify themselves to Beijing, at the risk of facing “defensive emergency measures” by its armed forces.China’s establishment of an “air defense identification zone,” announced by the country’s Ministry of National Defense, adds a new dimension to the simmering territorial dispute with Japan and raises the chances of armed conflict.The eight uninhabited islands at the center of the dispute fall within China’s new aerial zone. Based on guidelines that China’s Defense Ministry released Saturday, any Japanese aircraft flying around those islands would need to submit their flight plans to China’s Foreign Ministry or civil aviation administration. They would also need to maintain radio communication with Chinese authorities.Source: Portland Press Herald
Gravity always wins!