China Policy Institute Blog

China’s Perspective on the ADIZ: Backfire or Signal Flare?

Written by Huang Wei. China’s recent move to establish the East China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) is widely considered negative and seen by some commentators as having backfired, especially when the U.S. sent B-52 bombers to touch upon the edge of China’s ADIZ. Such a development was hardly unexpected by Beijing. It would be against …

China’s dangerous gamble

Written by J. Michael Cole. The announcement by China on November 23 that it had established and would enforce an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea is the latest in a series of worrying developments under the leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping, and one that unnecessarily increases the risks of …

Japan reacts to China’s ADIZ

Written by Corey Wallace. If China’s recent announcement establishing an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) was concocted as part of a strategy to put more pressure on Japan in order to force it to come to the negotiating table on the Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute, it shows a clear lack of understanding about the motivations and likely …

China’s new ADIZ: Do not panic, yet do worry.

Written by Michal Thim. With the announcement of the new Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on 23 November, Beijing has elevated its territorial claims in the East China Sea to a higher level, literally. Chinese officials and experts were quick to argue that the newly established ADIZ is no different from those of other nations …

Aspirations and Limitations in Japan’s Defense Planning

Written by Yu-Ping Chang.  Chinese assertiveness in the Senkaku (Diaoyu Dao or Diaoyutais) disputes and the attempt to project power in the open sea beyond the first island chain with its growing naval capabilities have prompted a sense of increasing threat in Tokyo. In response, Japanese government is striving to pull the country out of economic …

Nationalism and Escalation in the East China Sea

Written by Jessica Chen Weiss. Is compromise or de-escalation possible in the ongoing standoff between China and Japan over the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands? With nationalism resurgent and mistrust deepening on both sides, the role of domestic politics remains crucial in assessing possible paths toward resolving or at least re-shelving the territorial issue. Any compromise in the …

Beijing’s Dilemma in the Handling of Anti-Japanese Popular Nationalism amid Disputes with Japan

By Kang Su-Jeong. Sino-Japanese relations have experienced ups and downs over the past decade. Mounting tensions between the two countries has been accompanied by outbursts of anti-Japanese sentiment in China. The Chinese government’s response to such nationalist outbursts has not always been consistent. While the government has made use of nationalism for its domestic and/or …

The Diaoyu Islands Dispute in Domestic Politics

By Hongyi Lai. The flare-up of the Diaoyu (Senkaku) Islands in the recent months has caught worldwide attention. In early September 2012 the Japanese government announced its intention to purchase the islands. The Chinese government condemned the Japanese purchase of the islands and took other strong reactions. In the wake of the announcement the China-Japan …

Sir David Warren on Japan/China relations

Sir David Warren is the recent former British Ambassador to Japan (2008-12). Here is the video of a talk he gave at Nottingham last week.

Ma’s Peace Initiative and Taiwan’s Diaoyutai Debate

By Michal Thim. The ROC (hereafter Taiwan) President Ma Ying-jeou’s East China Sea Peace Initiative came at time of heightened tensions between Japan and the PRC (hereafter China), and to a certain extent also between Taiwan and Japan. It was announced on August 5, 2012 and implementation guidelines were subsequently released on September 6 on the occasion …