Nov 27, 2013

    Japan airlines obey China air rules


    JAPANESE airlines said yesterday they would obey Beijing's rules when they overfly the East China Sea.

    As administrations around the world began lining up against Beijing over its unilaterally declared Air Defence Identification Zone, Japan's airlines said they would bow to China's demands.

    All Nippon Airways said that since Sunday it has been submitting flight plans to the Chinese authorities for any plane that was due to pass through the area.

    Rules Beijing set down at the weekend effectively give it control over the airspace above a swathe of the East China Sea.

    The zone covers the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku islands, which Beijing claims as the Diaoyus.