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Chinese newspaper says U.S. may have gained upper hand

Nov. 28, 2013 at 1:58 AM
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BEIJING, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- China's Global Times Thursday acknowledged the flights of two U.S. B-52 planes over Beijing's new air defense zone "demonstrated" U.S. "defiance" of it.

In the commentary titled "B-52's defiance no reason for nervousness," the Global Times, part of the Communist Party's People's Daily, referred to China's recent establishment of the controversial air defense identification zone in the already tense East China Sea, which has been rejected by the United States and its allies in the region.

The U.S. Defense Department Monday flew two unarmed Air Force B-52s over the East China Sea in defiance of the ADIZ during which their pilots did not identify themselves when entering the disputed airspace as required by China. Later, the Chinese Defense Ministry merely said it had "monitored" the flights, but announced no action.

"The Pentagon claimed the flight was part of a long-planned training exercise in the area on the one hand and demonstrated its defiance against Beijing's new air defense rules on the other," the report said.

It said based on some international media reports and reactions from Chinese Web users, the United States "seems to have gained the upper hand with its action that plunged China into a relatively passive situation."

The newspaper said Tokyo and Washington are unlikely to accept China's ADIZ through which Beijing will master all the U.S. and Japanese military activities over the East China Sea.

"In actuality China will not inform them of its aircraft passing through their Air Defense Identification Zones."

The report said China's ADIZ withstood the test but "we failed in offering a timely and ideal response as we have been inundated with an inconceivably large amount of information that is adverse to the new zone and will probably even undermine the image of our military forces in this transient Internet age."

The report said Beijing needs to reform its "information release mechanism to win the psychological battles waged by Washington and Tokyo."

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