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China warns of creating an air defense zone in case of "threat"

The Chinese government warned today that will create a backcourt area over the South China Sea "depending on the degree of threat" after the ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration yesterday Hague over their maritime disputes in favor of the Philippines .

"The 'zone air defense identification' (ADIZ, its acronym in English) is not a Chinese invention, but rather something about the great powers. If our security and interests are threatened, of course we have that right" the Deputy Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said today.

Liu explained that "depends on our judgment," the possible establishment of the ADIZ over the disputed waters, a possibility that the Chinese press and began publishing in early June, and which opposed the US immediately.

The deputy minister made the remarks at a press conference in Beijing to present a White Paper in which the arguments of the country against the ruling decided by the court cited, which considers "null" are repeated.

Of the 15 points claimed by the Philippines, the decision gives reason directly in all but three, which qualifies the Philippine demands.

Liu today also urged other countries to "not take this opportunity to threaten China" and urged them to "work together towards peace and stability in the South China Sea."

Despite threatening to the possible area of ​​air defense, Liu reiterated that "resolve disputes between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea through negotiations" is the title of the White Paper and the stance of the Chinese government. "

"We look forward to working with countries in the South China Sea, including members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) (...) to maintain peace and stability as well as freedom of navigation and flight the South China sea, "he added.

China has disputes over islands in those waters, besides the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.

In 2013, China created an area air defense identification on the part of the Diaoyu / Senkaku islands controlled by Tokyo but claimed by Beijing, which among other things forced the aircraft to inform China of its flight plan under penalty of intervention military if the rules were not respected.

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