There is an emerging crisis in the East China Sea, which is threatening to go “Hot” in the weeks ahead. Last week, the People's Republic of China (PRC) extended their Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) into Japan's existing (ADIZ). This attempted airspace “grab” by the PRC is just a continuation of the existing Chinese policy of expanding their control over disputed islands and offshore Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) which are disputed by neighboring nations like Japan, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Most other nations are ignoring the Chinese claim, and continuing to operate with respect to the existing Japanese ADIZ rules and conventions.
Since the PRC ADIZ change, a number of nations, including the United States, Japan, and Russia have all transited the disputed area with military aircraft, so far without incident. Japanese airlines are refusing to file flight plans with the PRC authorities, and continue to fly normally. The Chinese themselves are flying fighters, transport aircraft, reconnaissance drones, and maritime surveillance aircraft in the disputed area. And while tensions are running high, and harsh words are being exchanged, the UN has shown little or no interest in what is rapidly turning into an escalating crisis in the East China Sea.
To understand the rising crisis in the East China Sea, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham for Military Monday at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest this week will be Christopher David Yung of the National Defense University's Institute for National Strategic Studies, a senior analyst on the PRC. Together, they will try and lay out exactly what is happening in the East China Sea, and try to explain what the possible future actions of the various conflicting nations might be. Listeners are encouraged to call in and ask questions, along with expressing their own opinions on the emerging crisis.
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