Pax Sinica

Air-defense-identifcation-zone

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In an apparent move against Japan – and the United States — China established an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over a large portion of East China Sea, which includes the disputed Senkaku Islands. The “No-Fly Zone” took effect last November 23. In her announcement, China said that her military would take “defensive emergency measures” if aircraft entered the area without Read More …

East-and-South-China-Seas

By Erick San Juan “Nothing in China happens overnight,” Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt, the director of Asia-Pacific programs at the United States Institute of Peace, said. “Any move you see was planned and prepared for years, if not more. So obviously this maritime issue is very important to China.” The maritime issue referred here is the contested area in the South China Sea and there is another Read More …

Xi Jinping (Credit: The Economist)

PerryScope By Perry Diaz What started as a word war between Japan and China could lead to another world war, and perhaps the last world war – of the “Dr. Strangelove” variety — on planet Earth. And just the thought of a catastrophic nuclear war would deter China and Japan from starting a war. So, why then wouldn’t the two protagonists stop jabbing at each Read More …