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Air Defence Identification Zonei

The Air Defense Identification Zone is airspace over land or water in which the ready identification, location, and control of civil aircraft over land or water is required in the interest of national security. China's Defence Ministry announced its ADIZ over a vast area in the East China Sea on November 23, 2013, which covers the area around the Diaoyu islands, controlled by Japan and known as the Senkaku Islands. The establishment of this zone drew strong opposition from Japan, the US and South Korea, becoming a flashpoint in East Asian politics and security. 

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"The gains from control over a few uninhabited rocks are vastly outweighed by the risks." Here's a comment by a respected British commentator that perfectly summarises the bafflement of outsiders about China's territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas.

President Xi Jinping told the visiting former US president Bill Clinton earlier last month that the relationship between the two countries had become a "skyscraper". This is the first time a top mainland leader has used this word to define the complex and evolving Sino-US ties, signalling an optimistic view of the height and strength of the relationship.

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A balloon that came down on remote Taiwanese-held Dongyin island, close to mainland China’s coast, had no audiovisual recording equipment on board and was carrying only meteorological recording instruments, Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said.

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Beijing responds to Tsai Ing-wen’s Double Tenth Day speech, accusing her of distorting cross-strait relations, exaggerating threats and sabotaging ties.

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The figure is nearly double the amount allocated in 2016, when Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen took office, and observers say the sharp increase is a response to the PLA’s attempts to intimidate the island.

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The history behind Taiwan’s air defence identification zone and the lack of formality around the median line help explain China’s recent actions. Even so, the biggest driver of flights towards the island is the tension between Beijing and Taipei.

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The debut outing for the refuel aircraft comes after US lawmakers vowed ‘rock-solid’ support for Taipei in a surprise one-day visit to the island.

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People’s Liberation Army has more plans afoot for the island, military insider says after announcement of first joint combat-readiness patrol aimed at Taiwan.

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Taiwanese Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng acknowledges recent PLA sorties into island’s air defence zone constrained by limited mid-air refuelling capacity.

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Island will do whatever it takes to defend itself, with the consequences of failure reaching beyond its shores, Tsai writes in Foreign Affairs magazine.

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