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China is waiting for the opportunity to establish an ADIZ in the East Sea

China is waiting for the opportunity to establish an ADIZ in the East Sea 5

China is waiting for the opportunity to establish an ADIZ in the East Sea

The plan to establish an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East Sea has been built by China since 2010, at the same time the country announced to unilaterally establish an ADIZ in the East China Sea, SCMP on May 31 cited a hidden source.

The source said that China’s ADIZ is expected to be established in the East Sea, including Vietnam’s Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos and the Dong Sa archipelago, currently controlled by Taiwan.

China announced in 2010 that it was considering establishing an ADIZ in the East China Sea and made an official declaration about this air defense identification zone in 2013, but has not declared an ADIZ in the East Sea.

`Chinese authorities are waiting for the right time to announce plans in the East Sea,` said the military official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The head of Taiwan’s defense force announced on May 4 that the island government had grasped mainland China’s plan to establish an ADIZ in the East Sea.

Subi Reef in Vietnam’s Truong Sa archipelago was illegally converted by China into an artificial island and built an airstrip.

ADIZs are often declared by countries to be established in the airspace in non-disputed areas, so that governments can monitor and supervise all foreign aircraft operating to ensure national security interests, when required.

Military experts say that if China declares an ADIZ in the East Sea, it risks escalating tensions with the US and could cause irreparable damage to relations with Southeast Asian countries.

Lu Li-Shih, a former lecturer at Taiwan’s naval academy, said that Beijing’s illegal reclamation of artificial islands in Vietnam’s Spratly archipelago and illegal militarization activities, especially

`Recent satellite images show that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has deployed KJ-500 early warning and airborne control aircraft and KQ-200 anti-submarine patrol aircraft at Fiery Cross Reef,`

Satellite photos also show air-conditioned facilities being built by China on Fiery Cross Reef, possibly silos to protect fighters from high temperatures, humidity and salinity.

China is waiting for the opportunity to establish an ADIZ in the East Sea

The KJ-500 early warning and air control aircraft and the KQ-200 anti-submarine patrol aircraft were illegally deployed by China at Fiery Cross Reef, in Vietnam’s Spratly Islands, on May 9.

Li Jie, a former PLA colonel and naval expert, said that some countries often delay announcing the ADIZ until they possess the equipment, weapons and other infrastructure to manage the zone.

`Beijing announced the establishment of an ADIZ in the East China Sea even though the PLA still does not have the ability to detect, track and repel foreign aircraft flying into the area,` Li said.

A Chinese military source said Beijing is aware that the East Sea is much wider than the East China Sea, thus requiring more resources for patrol activities.

`However, the most practical problem is that the PLA previously did not have the ability to deploy emergency fighters to prevent foreign aircraft from operating in the East Sea, an area many times larger than the East China Sea, causing

Another factor that could affect China’s plan to establish an ADIZ in the East Sea is that tensions in relations with the US have recently increased in many areas, from trade, technology to military or the origin of the great ocean.

US aircraft, including reconnaissance aircraft EP-3E, RC-135U and strategic bomber B-1B, last month flew at least 9 times over the East Sea, according to the Aircraft Spots website specializing in aviation tracking.

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