BEIJING – Ramping up the rhetoric, China’s state-run media Monday said Japan is “hypocritical and impudent” for complaining about the air defense identification zone Beijing has set up over waters hotly disputed by the two Asian powers.
China set up the ADIZ on Saturday in an area that includes the Tokyo-held Senkaku Islands, which Beijing also claims. The move is designed to guard against “potential air threats,” Chinese defense officials said.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reiterated that the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands fall under the U.S.-Japan security treaty, meaning Washington will defend its ally, Tokyo, if the area is attacked.
An editorial in the Global Times newspaper, which is close to China’s ruling Communist Party, claimed that “Washington has given a rather vague response,” while warning its Asian neighbor against taking action in the zone.
“If Japan sends warplanes to ‘intercept’ China’s jet fighters, Beijing’s armed forces will be bound to adopt defensive emergency measures,” it said.