Ignore any new China ADIZ in the South China Sea

Ignore any new China ADIZ in the South China SeaIf China declares a new air defense identification zone in the South China Sea, the world must rally to reject it. What's at stake here is the future of the global economy in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.

The ADIZ issue is a newly relevant concern in light of Taiwan's Ministry of Defense statement last week warning of just this possibility. The ADIZ would require civilian and military aircraft entering the zone to radio Chinese military air controllers with their flight plans and requests for transit approval. China has already declared an ADIZ in the East China Sea. As with that ADIZ, China would hope that the new zone buys practical formality for its sovereignty claims in the South China Sea.

While its claims are quite laughable, Beijing has already appointed itself the owner of vast areas of the sea, demanding that foreign nations avoid transiting through the waters without first seeking its permission. Contrary to China's lie that it only seeks friendship with all nations, this territorial seizure campaign aims to extract political deference from regional nations and global trading powers in return for transit rights. And considering that the South China Sea accounts for trillions of dollars in annual trade, this is a big deal.

But there are ways to obstruct China's imperial agenda.

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