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In November 2013 China declared an Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ). Within the already changeable East Asian region China’s neighbours reacted with alarm. Despite increasing apprehension and speculation about China’s assertiveness, this paper argues China’s ADIZ is not a challenge to the status quo. China’s domestic politics and the specific Sino-Japanese tension over the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands account for the creation, timing and method of establishing the ADIZ. A comparative case study of China’s ADIZ and Japan’s own ADIZ demonstrates that misperceptions about China’s ADIZ rather than the ADIZ itself are more likely to further destabilise the region.


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East Asia Security Symposium and Conference 东亚安全座谈谈论会

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Author information: Oana Burcu is a PhD student at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham in the UK. She is currently working on the construction of nationalism in China and the implications that it potentially has on Sino-Japanese relations, especially in connection to Diaoyu/Senkaku islands. Her interests lie particularly in Asia-Pacific security, nationalism, Chinese cultural studies and soft power.
Twitter https://twitter.com/oanaburcu
University website http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/politics/people/ldxob3

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