TSG IntelBrief Quoted: Air Defence Zone a ‘Lose-Lose’ for Beijing?
December 3, 2013
The Straits Times
By Richard A. Bitzinger
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…
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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