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China says no need to ‘gesticulate’ over South China Sea plans

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Robert Birsel

Reuters March 31, 2016

China’s Defence Ministry denounced as gesticulation on Thursday speculation it would declare an air defense zone over the disputed South China Sea, after the United States said it had told China it would not recognize one.

>> Related article: Defense official: US won’t recognize Chinese exclusion zone 


A People’s Liberation Army Y-62 missile launch on Woody Island that circulated on the Chinese language Internet last week via aviation site Alert5.

Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun, asked about Work’s remarks, said any sovereign state had the right to set up an ADIZ.

“On this, there is no need for other countries to gesticulate,” Yang told a monthly news briefing.

“Whether or not to or when to set up an air defense identification zone depends on whether there is an aerial threat or the level of aerial threat. It needs many considerations,” he added, without elaborating.

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