December 14, 2013

Well Played China, Well Played

Peter Mattis, The National Interest

The Associated Press

On November 23, Beijing announced the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) would go into effect, requiring all aircraft transiting the demarcated zone to register their flight plan with the Chinese authorities. The ADIZ overlapped similar Japanese, South Korean, and Taiwanese zones and, according to official statements, rested on an explicit claim of Chinese sovereignty over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. Immediately, official statements and pundits characterized the move as “destabilizing” and “totally unacceptable.” Listening to the hullabaloo around the ADIZ and the risks Beijing supposedly was running, one might be forgiven for thinking that China had seized one of the offshore islands or painted a U.S. aircraft carrier with fire-control radar....

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China's Newest City: We Call It 'Detroit'
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The New Global Space Race
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There are now many space programs, both national and private. And that's good for science. more ››
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China Is Failing Its Families
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Is China Repeating Germany's Mistakes?
Richard Gwyn, Toronto Star
China is displaying the same kind of ability to anger and alarm almost all its neighbors as the old Germany once did. more ››