The Guardian
December 8, 2013

The area of China's so-called "Air Defense Zone," which South Korea partially overlapped with their own zone.
The area of China’s so-called “Air Defense Zone,” which South Korea partially overlapped with their own zone.

South Korea says it has extended its air defence zone to partially overlap with a similar zone declared by China two weeks ago that has sharply raised regional tensions.

Beijing’s declaration of an air defence identification zone in an area that includes islands at the heart of a territorial dispute with Japan has triggered protests from the United States, Japan, South Korea and Australia.

Announcing the expansion of its own zone to include two territorial islands to the south and a submerged rock also claimed by China, South Korea’s defence ministry said the move would not infringe on neighbouring countries’ sovereignty.

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