It is only a matter of time before China establishes an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the South China Sea, according to Peter Jennings of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.
Speaking at a forum of the Washington-based think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Tuesday, Jennings said that the ADIZ will likely be announced shortly after Chinese president Xi Jinping’s scheduled visit to the United States in September.
China is unlikely to announce the ADIZ before Xi’s visit but will do so afterwards when the US is fully locked into its next presidential election, Jennings predicted.
China will build more aircraft runways and deploy weapons to the region, McCain said, adding that he believes China will soon start asking any US planes flying over the region to identify themselves.
Full article: Beijing could establish S China Sea ADIZ after Xi’s US visit: expert (Want China Times)