South Korean Defense Ministry summoned Chinese military officials to protest military aircraft flying into the air defense identification zone.

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 South Korean Defense Ministry summoned Chinese military officials to protest military aircraft flying into the air defense identification zone.


South Koreas Defense Ministry was quoted as saying by the Yonhap news agency on the 29th that Pak Zhejun, vice-minister of international policy, summoned an air force officer of the Chinese Embassy in South Korea on the same day to make a solemn protest against the flight of Chinese military aircraft into the South Korean Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ), strongly urging China to take effective measures to put an end to similar incidents.

South Koreas defense ministry said that since this year, Chinese military aircraft have entered the defense zone many times without prior notice to the ROK, flying close to the ROK territorial sea for a long time. The ROK government regards it as a very serious problem and has expressed regret about it. The South Korean side is demanding that the Chinese side recognize the seriousness of the problem and study measures to prevent recurrence.

In addition, South Koreas Foreign Ministry said Kim Yong-gi, the director of Northeast Asia, summoned Kim Yen-kwong, the chief Embassy of China in South Korea, to express regret for the incident and asked for research measures to prevent the recurrence of similar incidents. The Ministry of foreign affairs of Korea is sharing relevant information with the Ministry of defense.

South Koreas Joint Staff Headquarters said a Chinese military aircraft flew out of South Koreas Air Defense Identification Zone east of Su Yan Reef at about 10:37 a.m. local time and within Japans Air Defense Identification Zone, and again flew into South Koreas Air Defense Identification Zone at about 93 km east of Pohang at 11:48 a.m. Flying northward to about 93 km east of Jiangling, he turned around at 12:13 and returned to Nanyuan Road, leaving the Korean Air Defense Identification Zone at 3:2 p.m. South Korea urgently dispatched F-15K and KF-16 fighters to deal with it.

Korean media said the Suyan reef is located in the East China Sea and is located in the overlapping area of the exclusive economic zone of China and Korea. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China has repeatedly said that Su Yan Reef is an isolated underwater reef, not a territory, and there is no territorial dispute between China and South Korea, which is the consensus of both sides. In August, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying pointed out that air defense identification zones are not equal to airspace. On December 8, 2013, South Koreas Ministry of Defense officially announced the expansion of the Korean Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ), which extends to the southwestern part of the Peninsula over Chinas Suyan Reef, Malo Island and Red Island. Some military observers told Global Network reporters that Chinas East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone and South Koreas Air Defense Identification Zone part of the airspace overlap, but air defense identification zone is not territorial air, but a countrys air force for air defense needs to unilaterally designated airspace. Source: Global Times - World Wide Web. More brilliant, please log on to the world wide web http://www.huanqiu.com responsible editor: Ji Guo Jie _NBJ11143

Korean media said the Suyan reef is located in the East China Sea and is located in the overlapping area of the exclusive economic zone of China and Korea. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China has repeatedly said that Su Yan Reef is an isolated underwater reef, not a territory, and there is no territorial dispute between China and South Korea, which is the consensus of both sides. In August, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying pointed out that air defense identification zones are not equal to airspace.

On December 8, 2013, South Koreas Ministry of Defense officially announced the expansion of the Korean Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ), which extends to the southwestern part of the Peninsula over Chinas Suyan Reef, Malo Island and Red Island. Some military observers told Global Network reporters that Chinas East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone and South Koreas Air Defense Identification Zone part of the airspace overlap, but air defense identification zone is not territorial air, but a countrys air force for air defense needs to unilaterally designated airspace.