BEIJING, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei on Saturday night strongly refuted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent comments on China's East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone(ADIZ).
Hong expressed China's strong anger over the Japanese leader for his malicious slander against China in international arena, according to a Foreign Ministry press release.
It was reported that during a recent summit between Japan and Southeast Asian countries, Abe criticized China for its "unilateral action" to change the situation in the East China Sea and said that China's ADIZ is unjust violation against the freedom of aviation over the high seas as well as demanded China rescind relevant measures.
Hong reiterated China's stance on the Diaoyu Islands and slammed Japan's unilateral actions to provoke disputes since last year.
China's necessary measures to safeguard its sovereignty is in accordance with law and irreproachable, he said.
As a defensive measure to safeguard national air security, the establishment of the East China Sea ADIZ is in line with international law and practice, Hong said, stressing that it does not affect the freedom of aviation of the aircraft which is in accordance with international law.
The Japanese deliberate vilification over China on the ADIZ is doomed to failure, said the spokesman.