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China’s ADIZ plan raises concerns, diplomat says

WASHINGTON -- Countries that are concerned about regional peace and security have voiced their concerns to Beijing about its plan to designate an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) within the Taiwan Strait Republic of China Deputy Representative to the United States Stanley Kao said Friday.

In a meeting with reporters, Kao said that soon after Taiwan obtained intelligence revealing China’s attempt to outline its new ADIZ over the strait, it informed concerned nations of the plan and expressed strong opposition, saying that it will undermine stability in the region and international aviation safety.

Kao said Taiwan is still talking with the “concerned countries” on the issues but refused to name the countries in question.

President Chen Shui-bian brought the issue to public attention during an early December meeting with visiting U.S. Congressman Eni Faleomavaega, who serves as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment.

Chen said he believes China’s plan to designate an ADIZ within the strait will prevent the United States and Japan from gathering military intelligence on China, while inaugurating a new air route west of the median of the Taiwan Strait will destabilize the peaceful status quo in the Taiwan Strait.

He expressed hope that the United States and Japan will address the issue.

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