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  • President urges dialogue with China over ADIZ claim

    Taipei, Dec. 1 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou on Sunday urged those countries voicing concern over China's new air defense identification zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea to hold talks with China as soon as possible to restore calm to the region.

    "I again solemnly call on related parties to refrain from actions that would elevate tensions in the East China Sea, and to quickly hold bilateral dialogues with China on relevant issues, including the issue of the ADIZ, to restore the East China Sea to its original state as a sea of peace and cooperation," Ma said.

    He made the statment in Taipei at the opening of the International Conference on the 70th Anniversary of the Cairo Declaration.

    The President reiterated Taiwan's sovereignty over the Diaoyutai Islands -- which are covered by China's ADIZ -- and said the air force of the Republic of China will continue its missions and training exercises within Taiwan's own ADIZ.

    "But we will express our solemn position to the Chinese authorities through the relevant channels because they did not consult with us before announcing the ADIZ," Ma said.

    He also called on countries involved in the dispute to consider Taiwan's proposal last year to resolve their differences in a peaceful manner.

    He said Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration has agreed to submit flight plans to China due to security concerns.

    China's Nov. 23 announcement of its ADIZ is controversial, as the zone covers the disputed Diaoyutai Islands, which are claimed by both China and Taiwan, but controlled by Japan.

    Japan and South Korea ignored China's demand to be notified about any flights passing through the zone and sent military aircraft to enter the area in recent days after the United States flew through the area at the beginning of last week.

    (By Christie Chen and Elaine Hou)