Dangerous Skies: Why China’s ADIZ Moves Matter

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While China’s unilateral declaration of an Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) over disputed waters in the East China Sea (ECS) caught many by surprise, today’s debate circles around the likelihood that Beijing might take the same action over the South China Sea (SCS). In its pursuit of maritime primacy in Northeast Asia, China has strayed far from the international norms that dictate the implementation and use of an ADIZ.

An ADIZ is airspace beyond a country’s sovereign territory within which the state requires the identification, location and air traffic control of aircraft in the interest of national security. The mechanism is a legacy of the Cold War, having first been declared by the U.S. in 1950; Over 20 states now administer their own ADIZ.

Read more: http://www.nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/dangerous-skies-why-chinas-adiz-moves-matter-14059

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