GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of External Affairs
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 948
ANSWERED ON JULY 17, 2014
East China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone
948. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASHEKHAR:
Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state;
(a) whether Government of India is aware that China has recently unveiled 'East China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone' which is aimed at changing the status quo over the Senkaku Islands and requires aircrafts flying over these Islands to provide identification information to China in advance and maintain two-way radio communication, or face 'emergency defensive measures';
(b) if so, Government of India's position on this; and
(c) whether airlines originating in India and overflying this zone are being advised to ignore this or recognize this?
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
(GEN. RETD. V.K. SINGH)
(a) to (c): On 23rd November 2013, the government of the People's Republic of China announced the establishment of the East China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ). The Government has made efforts to underscore the importance of freedom of over flight and civil aviation safety in accordance with the recognized principles of international law and the relevant standards and recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).