Mark J. Valencia
Malaysia’s airspace ‘violation’ row with China highlights confusing military overflight rules
- US unilaterally set a precedent for air defence identification zones. But that doesn’t justify dictating rules, especially with no international pact in place
- In practice, Malaysia is supporting China’s view of what foreign military aircraft can do in airspace under its supervision
Dr Mark J. Valencia is an internationally known maritime policy analyst, political commentator and consultant focused on Asia. He is the author or editor of some 15 books and more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles. Currently he is adjunct senior scholar at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies.