Lesley Wroughton and Tim Kelly
November 30, 2013
The United States advised its commercial airlines to notify Chinese authorities of flight plans when travelling through an air defense zone that Beijing established a week ago over the East China Sea, ratcheting up regional tensions.
The United States said it expected U.S. carriers to operate in line with so-called notices to airmen issued by foreign countries, adding, however, that the decision did “not indicate U.S. government acceptance of China’s requirements.
The advice is in contrast with America’s close ally Japan, where the two major airlines have agreed with the Japanese government to fly through the zone without notifying China.