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ANA, JAL fly through 'China zone' sans notice

They're instructed by Tokyo to stop giving flight plans demanded by Beijing

Published Wed, Nov 27, 2013 · 10:00 PM
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[TOKYO] ANA and Japan Airlines (JAL), the nation's largest carriers, flew through a new Chinese air-defence zone without notifying the country after Japan asked airlines to stop giving flight information to China.

ANA's flight from Tokyo touched down in Taipei at 1.11pm Japan time, Yoichi Uchida, a spokesman for the company, said yesterday. JAL's flight from Osaka touched down in Taipei at 12.24pm, Kazunori Kidosaki, an airline spokesman, said.

Japan's government on Tuesday told its domestic airlines to stop providing flight information to China, which has mandated planes to give details when flying through the new zone it created.

Japan has denounced the creation of the area and the US military flew two unarmed B-52 bombers into the area, which includes a chain of islands in the East China Sea that Japan purchased in September …

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