RAND: Declaring a ADIZ in South China Sea could work against Chinese strategic goals there

Edmund J. Burke and Astrid Stuth Cevallos from American think tank RAND have completed their study on China’s approach to Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in theory and practice.

JADIZ and CADIZ and KADIZ in East China Sea
By Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) [CC BY-SA 2.0 or ODbL], via Wikimedia Commons

The authors concluded that the establishment of the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) by Beijing did not create any favorable conditions for China nor boost its claim over the Senkakus (Diaoyus).

Secondly, the establishment of a ADIZ in South China Sea could arguably work against Chinese strategic goals there, according to the report.

However, U.S. operations or diplomatic/political-military developments in the area could trigger Beijing to establish one in South China Sea.

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