Washington Free Beacon
December 7, 2013
China’s military forces are showing no signs of increased alert status or readiness for conflict despite high tensions with Japan over Beijing’s air defense zone overlapping U.S. and Japanese air defense coverage of the disputed Senkaku islands.
A senior defense official said U.S. military monitors observed “no unusual military movements” by the Chinese military since the Nov. 23 declaration of the air defense identification zone, which the Pentagon has called “destabilizing.”
Imposition of the new air defense zone has sharply increased tensions in East Asia. China has scrambled jets to patrol airspace that includes the Senkakus, which China is claiming. Japan has administered the uninhabited islands since the end of World War II and the U.S. military has pledged to defend the islands on behalf of Japan.
China in recent days has dispatched Su-30, J-11 fighters, and KJ-2000 airborne warning and control aircraft to the zone to follow flights of U.S. and Japanese military surveillance aircraft.
Two U.S. B-52 bombers flew through China’s new air defense zone last week but were not met with Chinese interceptor jets.
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