China Imposes No-Fly Zone Over Japanese Islands

Maritime Grab: Iran isn’t the only nuclear threat to worry about. As its military and economy have grown, so too have China’s dreams of dominating an island chain centered on Taiwan and including Japan’s Senkakus.

China’s increased belligerence in the region is part of its plan to control the Yellow Sea, the South China Sea and the larger East China Sea. Its military doctrine refers to dominance over the “first island chain,” which encompasses the East China Sea.

The next step is dominance over what Beijing calls the second island chain extending from Japan to Indonesia. Some analysts have even speculated about plans for a third island chain strategy extending as far as Hawaii.

As part of its plans, China on Saturday announced an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea effective Nov. 23. Its military will take “defensive emergency measures” if aircraft enter the area without reporting flight plans or identifying themselves.

China’s defense ministry warned in a statement that all aircraft that fail to comply with its new rules for transit through the zone could be shot down.

The islands became Japan’s territory after it defeated China in their 1894-1895 war. It was only after a 1968 United Nations survey reported the huge oil and gas potential of the area that Beijing began to protest the 1972 U.S. return of the islets to Japanese control as part of Okinawa. The U.S. is obligated to defend the islands under the 1960 U.S.-Japan Security Treaty, which covers all territories under Japanese administration, including the Senkakus.

Full article: China Imposes No-Fly Zone Over Japanese Islands (Investors Business Daily)

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