Top Obama administration and Pentagon officials signaled a willingness to temporarily accept China’s new, controversial air defense identification zone on Wednesday. Those officials expressed disapproval for the way in which the Asian power has flexed its muscles, and cautioned China not to implement the zone. But they also carved out wiggle room in which [...]
Let’s be clear: At stake are not just some flyspeck islands but regional power balance, a rules-based order, freedom of navigation and access to maritime resources, including seabed minerals. If China gets its way, it will unlock the path to a Sino-centric Asia.
As China accumulates economic and military power, it has increasingly taken to [...]
‘The precedent of allowing China to assert sovereignty of such a vital section of international airspace would be ominous.’; [Referring to China's new ADIZ over the East China Sea]
President Obama’s greatest failures have been in foreign policy, and those failures pose immense danger to our nation.
As China becomes more confident, more nationalistic, more [...]
China’s requirement that flights passing through the zone provide Beijing with notice of such flights, even if their ultimate destination is not China, is unusual. The U.S. generally doesn’t require such notice for aircraft simply flying through the zone en route to elsewhere, according to a Federal Aviation Administration official (although they must carry a [...]
‘What we are dealing with is a great power collision of epochal proportions.’
‘I was shown detailed maps tracing movements of Chinese DDG warships and Yuan-class submarines that left me deeply alarmed over where this is going’
What we are dealing with is a great power collision of epochal proportions.
“The Asian arms race is [...]
These are important questions, but it’s worth zooming out and considering the more fundamental causes for tension in Northeast Asia. Here, the issues become more complex. Is China’s aggression caused by a new president trying to establish his legitimacy? Or is it, instead, an attempt to capitalize on domestic anti-Japanese sentiment? Does the conflict reflect [...]
‘Beijing’s East China Sea “air defense identification zone,” …, is only the beginning.’
Get used to the tensions in the Western Pacific. They may become the new normal.
Territorial disputes among China, its neighbors and the U.S. are destined to be commonplace, international analysts say, as Chinese leaders continue a concerted push to extend their [...]
Rising geopolitical tensions between China, Japan, and the U.S. will inevitably have serious economic repercussions. Beijing should have thought twice.
In Beijing, advocates of a tough foreign policy must be patting themselves on the back for a brilliant tactical move that puts Tokyo on the spot. But those in charge of China’s troubled economy [...]
“The air-zone declaration by President Xi Jinping’s government last month was the latest move to assert Chinese power over the region.”
So the China air-zone is one more step on the path to China’s regional dominance. But isn’t China just being reasonable? Japan has an ADIZ, and so does the US? And besides, China only [...]
The standoff between Japan and China over the islands known as the Diaoyu in China and the Senkaku in Japan, is a toxic mix of two rising nationalisms and unresolved mutual resentments. Add to that the uncertain steps of the US, divided between its formal security obligations to Japan and its powerful [...]