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Chinese Navy Seizes U.S. Oceanographic Glider in the South China Sea

Compiled by South China Sea News team 17 December 2016 On 15 December, a Chinese naval ship seized a research glider launched by a U.S. Navy’s USNS Bowditch oceanographic ship working in the South China Sea, the Pentagon said. The incident occurred about 50 nautical miles northwest of Subic Bay. The following is a compilation … Continue reading

Chinese Think Tank Recommends Air Defense Identification Zone to Counter U.S. Naval Patrols in the South China Sea

By Bloomberg News 25 November 2016 American military vessels and aircraft carried out more than 700 patrols in the South China Sea region during 2015, making China the U.S.’s No. 1 surveillance target, according to a report by China’s only state-backed institution dedicated to research of the waters. The patrols pose a threat to China’s sovereignty and … Continue reading

China’s Air Defence Identification Zone: Building Security through Lawfare

Authors: Matthias Vanhullebusch and Wei Shen The China Review, Vol. 16, No. 1 (February 2016), 121–150 Abstract: China’s establishment of its Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) is yet another manifestation on the strenuous development of regional security in East Asia. China by virtue of its so-called lawfare has instrumentalized international air law, the law of the sea, and law … Continue reading

Clearing the Air Above the East China Sea: The Primary Elements of Aircraft Defense Identification Zones

Author: Roncevert Almond* Harvard National Security Journal / Vol. 7 (2016) Abstract In 2013, China unilaterally established an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea (“ECS ADIZ”). The zone extends far into international airspace, overlaps with existing South Korean, Taiwanese, and Japanese ADIZs, and covers disputed territories in the region. China has defended … Continue reading

A Maritime or Continental Order for Southeast Asia and the South China Sea?

Address by Peter Dutton at Chatham House, London, U.K., 16 February 2016 Reprinted in Naval War College Review 69.3 (Summer 2016): 5-13 Since the sixteenth century, Southeast Asia has been open to maritime trade and political engagement, advanced and supported by naval and other military power. Although historical evidence demonstrates that international trade occurred prior to … Continue reading

ADIZ in the South China Sea: Nine-Dash Line 2.0?

Author: Alexander L. Vuving The National Interest, 25 July 2016 Ever since China set up its first air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea in November 2013, a Chinese ADIZ has hung as a sword of Damocles over the South China Sea. The same day as China’s Ministry of Defense announced the … Continue reading

China’s H-6K Bombers and Jet Fighters “Inspect” the South China Sea

6 August 2016 Chinese Air Force aircraft, including several H-6 bombers and Su-30, have inspected the airspace around the Nansha and Huangyan islands in the South China Sea, Senior Colonel Shen Jinke of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force said, according to Xinhua News Agency. The flight is part of actual combat training to … Continue reading

China Conducts Combat Air Patrol in the South China Sea

18 July 2016 The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force of China has conducted a combat air patrol in the South China Sea recently, Xinhua reported on Monday citing Shen Jinke, spokesman for China’s PLA Air Force. The patrol consists of H-6K bombers and other aircraft including fighters, scouts and tankers to patrol islands and … Continue reading

Air Defense Identification Zone As a Means to Extend Sovereignty Claims

The following is an excerpt of research paper by Christopher K. Lamont, “Conflict in the Skies: The Law of Air Defence Identification Zones,” in Air & Space Law 39, no. 3 (2014): 187–202. Abstract Air Defence Identification Zones (ADIZs), designated areas of non-territorial airspace where States impose reporting obligations on civil and military aircraft, constitute a highly contentious security practice, and … Continue reading

Three Scenarios of the China’s ADIZs above the South China Sea

Le Duy Tran Journal of East Asia and International Law, Volume 9(1); 2016 Abstract Even though no international legal instrument explicitly provides the right for States to establish ADIZs, such zones have been unilaterally declared since the 1950s. China’s ADIZ above the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands – a disputed area in the East China Sea and her recent … Continue reading

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