Beijing's shove

George Jones, King's College London
George Jones, King's College London |

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China's unilateral establishment of an Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) on November 23 over a large part of the East China Sea threatens to destabilise the region. The ADIZ overlaps with Japan's existing zone.

Besides Japan, Beijing's decision to create a new air defence zone also involves South Korea and the United States.

China was always going to attempt to assert itself as a military power. A near-superpower, it is the world's manufacturing powerhouse and its no 2 economy. China's military technology has been playing catch-up, and the ADIZ appears part of a move to redraw the boundaries in China's favour. Because it has done so without consultation, it has put states, the public and experts alike on edge.

Open dialogue on this issue is essential. Otherwise, misconceptions could make matters worse.

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