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  • Taiwan's ADIZ remains unchanged: defense minister

    Taipei, Dec. 2 (CNA) Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) remains unchanged and none of the country's military training operations or patrols within the area have been affected by China's recent demarcation of an ADIZ over the East China Sea, Defense Minister Yen Ming said Monday.

    Yen said, however, that Beijing "did not consult with us beforehand," although part of China's newly designated ADIZ overlaps with Taiwan's.

    Speaking to the media before attending a hearing in the Legislature's Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee, he said Taiwan's ADIZ has not changed and "our training operations and patrols" within the area remain normal.

    China on Nov. 23 announced its demarcation of the new ADIZ that includes the disputed Diaoyutai Islands, which are also claimed by Taiwan and Japan, and is asking to be notified of any flights passing through the zone.

    There is a possibility that China would also designate an ADIZ over the South China Sea at some point in the future, according to Taiwan's Defense Ministry.

    Yen said Taiwan's military will continue to monitor developments in the region and will take response measures.

    Other government officials, including Foreign Minister David Lin and National Security Bureau (NSB) Director-General Tsai De-sheng, also appeared before the legislative committee to give their assessments of the situation.

    National Security Council (NSC) Secretary-General Jason Yuan, however, did not accede to the committee's repeated request to attend the hearing to report on the government's stance and policies with regard to Beijing's recent move.

    The NSC is the main government unit that makes policies and decides on the response to such issues, said the committee's convener Chiu Yi-ying of the opposition Democratic Progress Party, explaining why Yuan was summoned.

    In a 4:3 vote, the committee later passed a motion to condemn Yuan for his failure to attend the hearing.

    (By Elaine Hou)