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    Tension looms between China, Philippines

    JAPANESE Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera on Saturday said tension will rise anew in the West Philippine Sea should China decide to put up an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the disputed territory.
    Onodera made this statement in front of reporters during a press briefing after his visit with Department of National Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin at the Department of National Defense (DND) headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
    "China's unilateral action to change the status quo by force or coercive action will bring back tension in this region," Onodera stressed.
    The Japanese defense chief, who is on a two-day visit to the Philippines, also said he has received reports that China is considering establishing a new ADIZ in the West Philippine Sea.
    Onodera revealed that Japan and the United States have been "firmly and calmly" continuing patrols and surveillance in the East China Sea despite China's ADIZ.
    Last month, the Chinese government put up an ADIZ over the East China Sea, covering a group of islets claimed by both China and Japan.
    The disputed territories, called the Senkakus by Japan and Diaoyu by China, have been at the center of the two countries' territorial dispute for decades, but are presently under Japan's administrative control.
    China and the Philippines have a similar dispute in the West Philippine Sea, where the Spratly Islands are located.
    China demands that all countries with aircraft passing through the zone submit flight plans else they face "defensive measures."
    Onodera said that this declaration violates the spirit of the international treaty of ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization)," Onodera pointed out.

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