By: Armin Rosen
The East China Sea is one of the most potentially volatile flash
points in East Asia. China, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Japan all have islands in close proximity to one another, while China has made vast territorial claims in the region at its neighbors’ potential expense.
Beijing has also tried to demonstrate its military superiority in the East China Sea in ways that appear calculated to unsettle its rivals. On November 27, China carried out an aerial exercise in which two bomber groups flew within a few miles of Japanese airspace before proceeding hundreds of miles deep into the western Pacific, according to IHS Jane’s 360.
The bomber groups were traveling within China’s extensive Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea, which Beijing declared in December 2013. [FULL STORY]