Bringing Space Crisis Stability Down to Earth
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV FORT MCNAIR DC
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Tensions in the South and East China seas have been elevated during the last year. Territorial disputes in these areas flare periodically, but historically the brinkmanship has largely been confined to encounters at sea, with maritime law enforcement vessels confronting fishing fleets as traditional naval forces lurk just over the horizon. Given that the objects of these political disputes are islands, shoals, and the vast resources around and beneath them, it is only natural that the armed instruments of power brought to bear would operate in close proximity to the territory in question. China s unilateral expansion of its air defense identification zone ADIZ appears to have introduced a new and dangerous element into the situation. While such zones are not new, the unilateral extension of one countrys ADIZ to overlap with another country s ADIZ, with no prior consultation and over politically disputed territory, necessarily breeds suspicion and rancor.
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