BEIJING, June 6 (ChinaMil) – When asked whether China hasn't set up an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the South China Sea because the PLA Navy isn't capable of that yet, a high-ranking Chinese military official responded that the setup of ADIZ is a nation's sovereign matter. Like many other countries that have set up ADIZ, China will decide how and when to set it up according to actual situations.
The Chinese delegation held a press conference for foreign media at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore on June 4. Rear admiral Guan Youfei, director of the Office for International Military Cooperation of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC), answered questions about China's stance on the South China Sea arbitration initiated by the Philippines and whether an ADIZ would be set up in the South China Sea.
In reply to a question about a BBC journalist being threatened when he flew over the Meiji Reef and Zhongye Dao in 2015, Guan Youfei said, "you used the word 'threat', but in my opinion, it's not a threat when a sovereign nation inquired what the purpose of the plane was.The U.S. military vessel's mistaken attack of an Iranian passenger plane in the 1980s could be called a threat."
The same reporter also mentioned that the environment on the two maritime features was threatened. Guan Youfei said China is committed to preserving natural environment, so regardless of the disputes in the Nansha Islands, environment is a common concern of all parties.
When asked whether China hasn't set up the ADIZ in the South China Sea because the PLA Navy isn't capable of that yet, Guan Youfei stressed a statement previously made by the Chinese military and added that China will decide how and when to set it up according to actual situations."
He further explained that the situations included whether China's security is threatened and whether the ADIZ is necessary in the region.