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South Korea Vs. China: South Korea Beefs Up Air Defense

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Topographic map of South Korea. Created with G...

Topographic map of South Korea. Created with GMT from SRTM data. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

South Korea has announced it will expand its air defense zone in a move that could raise regional tensions with China. The new zone encroaches on air space that Beijing had previously claimed, sparking outrage from its Asian neighbors.

The South Korean government said that the new zone will come into  effect December 15, AFP reported. The area included in the  defense zone will encompass the Ieodo submerged rock formation  that China calls Suyan.

“We will coordinate with related countries to fend off  accidental military confrontations and to ensure safety of  airplanes,” South Korean defense ministry spokesman Kim  Min-seok told AFP on Sunday.

The American government released a statement in support of  Seoul’s plan to expand its air defense zone.

“We appreciate (Republic of Korea or South Korea) ROK’s  efforts to pursue this action in a responsible, deliberate  fashion by prior consultations with the United States and its  neighbours, including Japan and China,” said US State  Department spokesperson Jen Psaki.

Seoul’s decision to expand its air defense zone comes after  Beijing declared its authority over a new air zone which  encroached on the territory of its neighbors.

http://rt.com/news/korea-expands-airspace-china-896/

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Written by voiceoftruthusa

December 8, 2013 at 6:08 pm

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