South Korea will extend its air- defense identification zone to cover islands and an underwater rock, a move that threatens to exacerbate tensions after China control over airspace claimed by neighbors.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping to reset relations after an escalation in bilateral tensions, invoking a 2006 visit to Beijing during his first administration.
China’s broadening national-security commitments, including a warning of defensive measures against foreign aircraft in its new East China Sea air zone, risk straining a military still catching up with its rivals.
Poland’s Defense Ministry said it’s exploring closer ties with European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co., responding to a report that the eastern European country may seek to buy a small stake in the parent of Airbus SAS.
China’s escalation in its challenge to Japan’s administration of islands near Taiwan reflects an effort to gain greater command of the air and seas in the western Pacific as it builds itself into a maritime power.
Germany may upgrade its short-range missile-defense capability by adapting the aging Patriot system after its planned successor known as MEADS was dropped on cost grounds, a senior Defense Ministry official said.
China has sparked an increase in tensions with neighboring countries by establishing an air defense identification zone over waters and islands off its east coast also claimed by Japan and Taiwan. When it announced the zone Nov. 23, China’s Defense Ministry said aircraft entering the zone must identify themselves and report flight plans to its government.
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