Accession Number : ADA618253


Title :   China's Air Defense Identification Zone: Concept, Issues at Stake and Regional Impact


Descriptive Note : Working paper


Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI


Personal Author(s) : Calvo, Alex


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a618253.pdf


Report Date : 23 Dec 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 48


Abstract : News in the Indian-Pacific Ocean Region have been dominated in the past couple of weeks by Beijing's 23 November announcement of an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East-China Sea.1 Four aspects are particularly relevant. First, it covers Japan's Senkaku Islands,2 which China claims under the name Diaoyu. Second, it includes the waters between Japan and Taiwan. Third, it requires aircraft flying through it to provide information, regardless of whether they are China-bound. Fourth, it has been accompanied by renewed speculation about a similar move in the South China Sea. The official announcement required all Aircraft flying in the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone to provide flight plans maintain the two-way radio communications, and respond in a timely and accurate manner to the identification inquiries , maintain transponder identification and clearly mark their nationalities and the logo of their registration identification , following Chinese instructions. The text also warned that China's armed forces will adopt defensive emergency measures to respond to aircraft that do not cooperate in the identification or refuse to follow the instructions. and stated that the ADIZ would come into force that same day.3 Commenting on Beijing's move two days later, Andrew S. Erickson (US Naval War College) explained that the Chinese Air Force soon conducted its first patrol in the zone, with two large reconnaissance aircraft monitoring the area, early warning aircraft supporting and fighters providing cover , adding that despite boilerplate disclaimers to the contrary, Beijing's action appears targeted precisely at stoking tension between China and Japan, and putting pressure on the U.S.-Japan alliance .


Descriptors :   *AIR DEFENSE , *CHINA , *GEOPOLITICS , *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , EAST CHINA SEA , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , INTERNATIONAL LAW , JAPAN , POLICIES , STRATEGY , TAIWAN , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT


Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Government and Political Science


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE