China’s air defence zone aimed at Tokyo puts South Korea in an awkward position
South Korea is finding itself caught in the crossfire amid growing Sino-Japanese tensions after Beijing’s declaration of a new air defence zone (ADIZ) that overlaps with those of Japan and Korea.
Local media reported that although China’s air defence zone was aimed at Japan, it turned Korea into a “piggy in the middle” as Beijing tries to expand its defence zone to the east and Tokyo to the west.
“Korea has become sandwiched [between Beijing and Tokyo] as China and Japan flex their muscles,” said a report in the conservative Seoul-based newspaper JoongAng Ilbo.
On Thursday, South Korea’s foreign minister Yun Byung-se said the issue of China and Japan’s ADIZ had emerged as a situation that further intensified tensions in Northeast Asia.
China’s air defence zone overlaps with some 3,000 square kilometres of South Korea’s and Seoul has told Beijing that it cannot accept what it sees as Beijing’s unilateral decision.
The inclusion of a disputed rock, known as Ieodo, that is controlled by Seoul but also claimed by Beijing as Suyan Rock, in China’s zone has also caused an outcry in South Korea.
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