[UPDATE: Well, it looks like the Taiwanese civilian carriers are going to comply but the Korean and Japanese will not. So maybe the the PLAAF will scramble if it feels like it? Isn’t that what it does now? Maybe this ham-fisted move will make sense in five or ten years…]
Can you see those B-52’s? Now that’s what you call soft power. (Chrysler whale not depicted, but sources report it was about to set sail)
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So let’s see here. China’s newly-declared East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) is a big flop already. Who’s going to recognize it? North Korea, maybe. But anybody else?
Nope. Not South Korea, not Taiwan, not the U.S., not the Philippines, and not Vietnam and certainly not Japan. So for a regular ANA or JAL flight from Tokyo to Taipei, do you think that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) is going to scramble the fighters every day?
I don’t. How could it?
So you declare a bunch of rules and nobody cares. How does this benefit the people of China?
ECSADIZ = DOA