Mark Collins – Chinese ADIZ for South China Sea?

Now that would really put the Dragon amongst the US services’ pigeons, leading to scary possibilities for “incidents” given steadily rising tensions in the area–at Defense One’sD-Brief“:

Beijing may soon impose an air defence identification zone (ADIZ) over the South China Sea, reports the South China Morning Post, citing “sources close to the People’s Liberation Army” and a report in Canada-based Kanwa Defence Review. Two years ago, China established a similar ADIZ over the East China Sea, sending shock waves through the international circles. That, here.

That news comes as defense leaders prepare for two big conclaves this week: the 3-day Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, and the Strategic and Economic Dialogue between U.S. and Chinese officials in Beijing. At the latter, U.S. officials can expect “pressure” from Chinese officials angered by freedom-of-navigation patrols past their new artificial islands. Reuters reports, citing official Chinese media.

From Popular Science: China’s coast guard is getting a new armed cutter. “In recent disputes with its neighbors, China’s civilian maritime forces, such as its Coast Guard and ‘fishermen militia,’ have played key roles in acting on behalf of Chinese claims in the East and South China Seas.” As well, to accompany its new aircraft carriers and destroyers, China is acquiring a fleet of heavy support ships that will enable naval and amphibious assault operations around the world.

About those fishermen: Last Friday, an Indonesian frigate fired at and then boarded a Chinese fishing vessel suspected of poaching fish in Indonesian waters. Via The Diplomat, here

More on those US Navy patrols, note “Comments”:

South China Sea: USN Freedom of Navigation Ops vs China–Plus Vietnam

One wonders how seriously the Canadian government is taking developments in the region.

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds


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