NORAD: Santa Won’t Recognize New Chinese Air Defense Zone

Can Donner and Blitzen outrun the People’s Liberation Army Air Force? The White House weighs in.

China recently declared a new “air defense identification zone” where anyone flying in the air space would have to identify themselves and seek approval from the country.

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Every year the military’s North American Aerospace Defense Command, better known as NORAD, tracks Santa Claus as he makes his way around the globe.


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Here’s Santa “reviewing his flight plan” at NORAD.


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Unfortunately Santa’s path has, in previous years, passed through China’s Air Defense Zone.

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A spokesperson for NORAD said that this year, “we don’t know Santa’s route, only Santa knows that, but I’m guessing Santa probably has clearance to go everywhere.”


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A national security spokesperson for the White House, Caitlin Hayden, said:

“I’m not empowered to speak for Mr. Claus, nor would his sleigh be subject to the same regulations as U.S. civilian airliners. As a general matter, the United States does not recognize the newly announced ADIZ, which 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.”

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