|Senkaku Islands of Japan|
|PRC website chart of Zone|
In today's BBC News Asia was the headline "China establishes 'air-defence zone' over East China Sea".
NAUTICAL LOG quotes below from the article:
"China has demarcated an "air defence identification zone" over an area of the East China Sea, covering the islands that are also claimed by Japan. China's Defence Ministry said aircraft entering the zone must obey its rules or face "emergency defensive measures". The islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China are a source of rising tensions between the countries. Japan lodged a strong protest over what it said was an "escalation ........................................Taiwan, which also claims the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands expressed regret at the move and promised that the military would take measure to protect national security.
In its statement 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. "China's armed forces will adopt defensive emergency measures to respond to aircraft that do not co-operate in the identification or refuse to follow the instructions" said the statement. It said the zone came into effect from 1000 local time on Saturday..................................... State news agency Xinhua showed a map (NAUTICAL LOG reproduces it above) covering a wide area of the East China Sea including regions very close to Korea and Japan .........................Normal flights by international airliners in the East China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone will not be affected in any way."
Before someone with partial knowledge of English grammar and spelling rushes to correct NAUTICAL LOG as has happened in the past, defence is spelt with a "c" in English and an "s" in American. They also use "our" and not "or" word endings on many words as well as thousands of other differences from the names of tools to electric switches so learn about those before rushing to write "correct" comments - Google® can help you out.
Ships now have multi-national crews so communication between Officers and Ratings becomes even more problematic and important. Remember if one cannot give a clear accurate order it cannot be carried out correctly, this is a known problem on board ship these days and has lead to accidents. Like the Italians blaming and punishing an Indonesian helmsperson in the grounding of a large cruise ship who was apparently trying to follow orders from the hysterical Italian Master.