TSG IntelBrief Quoted: Air Defence Zone a ‘Lose-Lose’ for Beijing?
December 3, 2013

The Straits Times
By Richard A. Bitzinger

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China’s creation of a new Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea is quickly turning out to be a no-win situation for Beijing.

On the one hand, it has become a diplomatic disaster for China. On the other, it could either provoke a military crisis – the blame for which would lie entirely with Beijing – or else turn out to be a toothless gesture highlighting the country’s feebleness as a regional great power.

China announced its new East China Sea ADIZ on Nov 23. It extends out more than 500km from the country’s coastline and cuts a wide swathe through the East China Sea. China’s ADIZ overlaps with similar air defence identification zones established by Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

In particular, it includes the disputed islets – known by Japan as the Senkaku Islands, and by China as the Diaoyu – which are claimed by both Tokyo and Beijing…

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Tensions are high and lives are at stake in the East China Sea, says this excerpt from an analysis by strategic security intelligence service Soufan Group.

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