20 September 2018

US airlines told to take precautions over sea zone, Reuters says

The United States said on Wednesday that it had advised US airlines to take necessary steps to operate safely over the East China Sea as tensions between ally Japan and China rise amid new airspace defense zone rules imposed by Beijing, Reuters reported. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was quoted as saying that Washington is trying to determine whether the new rules, which require airplanes flying near contested islands to identify themselves to Chinese authorities, apply to commercial airlines in addition to military aircraft. “In the meantime US air carriers are being advised to take all steps they consider necessary to operate safely in the East China Sea,” she said.

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