The United States advised US carriers to comply with China’s demand that it be told of any flights passing through its new maritime air defence zone over the East China Sea, an area where Beijing said it launched two fighter planes to investigate a dozen American and Japanese reconnaissance and military flights.
It was the first time since proclaiming the zone on November 23 that China said it sent planes there on the same day as foreign military flights, although it said it merely identified the foreign planes and took no further action.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement Friday that the US remained deeply concerned about China’s declared air identification zone.
But she said that it is advising US air carriers abroad to comply with notification requirements issued by China.
Chinese director alleged to have fathered 7 children
shanghai: Authorities will question the agent of acclaimed film director Zhang Yimou after the director went missing following allegations he had fathered seven children, a breach of China’s one-child policy, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Zhang is the director of epics “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers” and directed the Beijing Olympic opening ceremony. AP