FAA did not issue any guidance to carriers on ADIZ: US
The US has said the Federal Aviation Authority has not issued any guidance to the American carriers to abide by the new Chinese guidelines about air defense identification zone over the East China Sea.
Washington: The US has said the Federal Aviation Authority has not issued any guidance to the American carriers to abide by the new Chinese guidelines about air defense identification zone over the East China Sea.
The clarification came as a statement issued over the weekend had given the impression that the US has asked its carriers to follow the new Chinese guidelines in this regard.
"Contrary to prior reporting, the FAA did not issue guidance to US carriers with regard to the specific Chinese notice to airmen," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters at his daily news conference.
"It has, however, reiterated longstanding practice and policy that for the safety and security of passengers on commercial airlines, US civilian aircraft flying internationally operate consistent with notices to airmen issued by foreign countries," he said.
Carney reiterated that the US government does not accept or recognise China`s newly declared ADIZ.
Indeed, US military aircraft have been instructed to continue to operate normally in the area in line with US government policy, he added.
"The United States remains deeply concerned... China announced the establishment of an East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone because this appears to be a provocative attempt to unilaterally change the status quo in the East China Sea, a highly sensitive area, and thus raises regional tensions and increases the risk of miscalculation, confrontation and accidents," he said.
As such he urged China not to implement the ADIZ, to refrain from taking similar actions elsewhere in the region, and to work with other countries, including Japan and North Korea to establish confidence-building measures.
"We note that China announced the ADIZ without prior consultations even though the newly announced ADIZ overlaps with parts of the longstanding ADIZs of Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Taiwan, and includes territories administered by other countries," he said.
"I want to make that clarification that this was a reissuance of longstanding guidance regarding commercial aircraft. But our position on this that we do not recognise it and call on China not to implement it remains clear," Carney said in response to a question.