China Re-Escalates, Deploys Warplanes To Air Defense Zone

Tyler Durden's picture

A few days ago, in the latest escalation over the its territorial dispute with Japan regarding several islands in the East China Sea, China unveiled a so-called "Air Defense Identification" zone, shown on the map below, which includes not only the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands in question, but stretches from South Korea all the way to Taiwan, and which requires that any overflights submit their plans to Beijing in advance.

The response by Japan and the US was immediate, with Japan blasting China's retaliation to its own annexation of the Senkakus a year earlier and demonstratively neither Japan Airlines nor ANA complying with China's demands, while the US, demonstrating its allegiance to Japan, flew B-52 bombers above the Air Defense Zone.

China promptly responded to what it perceived was Western hypocrisy:

China's announcement to establish an Air Defense Identification Zone in East China Sea has drawn criticism from the United States and Japan, yet their blame is wrong.


Their logic is simple: they can do it while China can not, which could be described with a Chinese saying, "the magistrates are free to burn down houses while the common people are forbidden even to light lamps."


It is known to all that the United States is among the first to set up an air defense zone in 1950, and later more than 20 countries have followed suit, which Washington has taken for granted.


However, as soon as China started to do it, Washington immediately voiced various "concerns." U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday voiced concerns over the zone, fearing it might "constitute an attempt to change the status quo in the East China Sea," and a White House spokesman on Monday called the Chinese announcement over the weekend "unnecessarily inflammatory."




Japan set up such a zone in the 1960s and it even one-sidedly allowed the zone to cover China's Diaoyu Islands. But when China set up the zone covering the Diaoyu Islands, Tokyo immediately announced it "unacceptable" and Abe even called China's move "dangerous." It is totally absurd and unreasonable.


In one word, both Washington and Tokyo are pursuing double standards.

The latter should not come as a surprise to China, and the reason why such double standards are allowed to exist in a US superpower legacy world is because neither Japan nor the US believe China would actually dare to re-escalate further. However, in a world in which the US is no longer an undisputed superpower (especially in the aftermath of the Syrian debacle in which Putin schooled the Obama administration) that is changing.

The first clear indication that China would not just sit there and do nothing, came overnight when China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, passed through the Taiwan Strait on Thursday morning on its way to a training mission in the South China Sea.

Naturally, the training mission is just the pretext. China's long-running if dormant feud with Taiwan, officially the Republic of China, is perhaps the best proxy of US interests in the region, where thanks to the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, the US sells arms and provides military training to the Taiwanese armed forces. China considers US involvement disruptive to the stability of the region, and made that quite clear in 2010 when Obama announced the decision to sell $6.4 billion in military hardware to the island leading to threats of economic sanctions from the mainland.

Which is why China crossing the Straits of Taiwan for the first time with its brand new aircraft carrier is nothing short of a message to Obama. From Xinhua:

It took about 10 hours for the carrier and its four escort ships to get through the strait separating the Chinese mainland and Taiwan.


The Liaoning entered the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday afternoon after it left its home port in Qingdao of east China's Shandong Province on Tuesday for the South China Sea on a scientific and training mission.


It was escorted by two missile destroyers, the Shenyang and Shijiazhuang, and two missile frigates, the Yantai and Weifang.


The narrative gets scarier:

"During the voyage, the carrier has kept a high degree of vigilance against approaches from foreign warships and aircraft, according to Liaoning Captain Zhang Zheng. This is the first time the carrier has conducted a cross-sea training voyage and passed through the Taiwan Strait since it was commissioned into the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy in September last year, according to Zhang."

But where it gets worst is that as BBC reported minutes ago, China has not only sent a symbolic message to the US, but a very literal one to Japan and everyone else who thought China would just sit there and do nothing, when it dispatched its own warplanes over the air defense zone.

China has sent warplanes to its newly declared air defence zone in the East China Sea, state media reports.


The vast zone, announced last week, covers territory claimed by China, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea.


China has said all planes transiting the zone must file flight plans and identify themselves, or face "defensive emergency measures". But Japan, South Korea and the US have all since flown military aircraft through the area.


China's state news agency Xinhua quoted an air force colonel as saying the the warplanes had carried out routine patrols. The zone includes islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, which are claimed by Japan, China and Taiwan.



China's state news agency Xinhua quoted air force spokesman Col Shen Jinke as saying several fighter jets and an early warning aircraft had been deployed to carry out routine patrols as "a defensive measure and in line with international common practices".


He said the country's air force would remain on high alert and would take measures to deal with all air threats to protect national security.


In Xinhua's Chinese language version of the article, the colonel said the aircraft would "strengthen the monitoring of targets in the air defence zone and do their duty".

Concurrently, perhaps to diffuse the edge, China's propaganda machine made this latest development seem like it was all perfectly normal:

China on Thursday confirmed the smooth operation of flights over the country's newly established Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea. Everybody can see that flights over the zone have been normal and safe, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a daily press briefing, adding that in particular, civil flights have not been impacted at all.


"We expect all sides, including aviation companies, to actively coordinate with us and jointly safeguard flight safety," Qin said, adding that aviation companies from many countries have submitted flight applications to the Chinese aviation authority.

So what happens if aviation companies do not coordinate: just how unsafeguarded will flight safety be?

What happens next: will Japan once again prod the not so sleeping dragon, and continue flying commercial (and military) airplanes over China's expanded zone of control, without preclearance with Beijing, and will the US send some more strategic bombers just to prove that Obama didn't win the Nobel peace prize for nothing?

And will then China once again re-escalate, perhaps through an "accidental" engagement with what it "vigilantly" thought was an offensive act by "foreign warships and aircraft?" resulting in a major diplomatic scandal or worse. Or will it simply, and more effectively, launch a salvo of a few hundred billion US Treasurys into the electronic ether, sending the 10 Year yield over 3% and the Fed scrambling to preserve its centrally-planned house of cards?

So, the ball is now in the court of Japan, which lately has been engaging in increasingly more desperate and irrational actions to preserve a sense of control over its imploding economy and the whole "Fukushima thing", and which means that much more entertainment is imminent.

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MrSprottJr's picture

It's a ring toss game

The Juggernaut's picture

This will be the mother of all FALSE FLAGS!

Anusocracy's picture

The question that Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea have to consider is whether or not the US will risk a nuclear war in a vain attempt to protect them.

Any protection by the US would be after the fact - like the police.

AlaricBalth's picture

What do you get when you combine an ebbing world power led by an impuissant, effete dilettante, who has fired many of his top military brass for political reasons, with a rising eastern economic power, which has just concluded its 3rd Plenum, and is looking to carve a more secure, self -sufficient place for itself on the world stage?

(Hint: It's not Peace on Earth and goodwill towards men.)

prains's picture

Answer: The New World (Dark) Order



heads on a stick, dicks on heads, and a new "mystery" burger from McZombieR'US

Skateboarder's picture

No one wants to go to war except the fuckheads at the top, their puppets, their supporters and servants, and empire itself. They'll keep threatening each other until the next play is arranged from orders up top. Then it's forreals. The up top used to be distributed once...

AldousHuxley's picture

as long as humanity's greed wants more than they deserve, there will be war.



Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Every war is bankster war.

This is message brought to you by Rothschild Global Banking Empire

mjcOH1's picture

Set tree meter to half overflow power.   Make like rabbit run.   Ask Russia in circles for comic manuals.   Lunch citizenism metal birds.   Plow bent parts off deck until running dogs swimming penis bang hull and go firecracker.

MeMadMax's picture



They get ahold of a carrier and all of a sudden they think they are masters of the univers...



MontgomeryScott's picture

As I sit and watch the stratospheric geoengineering aircraft, which are NOT spraying the aircrap over my head, and are NOT invading my nation's airspace, and are NOT poisoning my atmosphere (as well as NOT poisoning yours), I hearken back to the time when I saved the coordinates and the pics of the 'first' Chinese aircraft carrier (available freely back in 2007 on what was to become, in the near future of that time, 'GOOKLETUBE-EARTH').

THEN, I think about the various missile systems that are now being deployed, including the hypersonic stuff (from which there is no current credible defense).


'THEY' are getting a little 'uppity'. It's always 'THEY', isn't it?

Is it YOUR 'they', or THEIR 'they', that will take the first act of agression?

OUR 'they' is somehow more palatable (easily assimilated by the body) (if you are one of OUR 'they', wherever you may be, in their employment and enslavement).



AldousHuxley's picture

It is war between Chinese slave factory owners and government elites VS grandchildren of American slave factory and government elites.


They know it is all bullshit & luck to accrue the extreme wealth. But without military control, they can't desseminate their propaganda.

clymer's picture

I don't know if this is an elaborate staged ploy by puppeteers to distract the unwashed masses from this teetering global financial model that is about to fold in half, or a legitimate splintering of allegiances between nation states, all I know is no good can come from this

SWRichmond's picture

I'd give my left nut to know what the US pacific sub fleet is doing right about now.

mjcOH1's picture


My guess would be that 600+ lbs of pbxn under the keel of a 25 yr old chinese carrier  of Ukrainian construction makes a hell of a mess.... with no embarked asw aircraft being a takeaway lesson, theoretically.


Parrotile's picture

Remember that after purchase, the vessel was dismantled, examined, and re-assembled by the Chinese. A very smart (and very cheap) way of finding out how to build a modern Carrier. No doubt they have made improvements, and we certainly know that the information gained from this exercise has translated into a Carrier construction programme. . Just how many are they building? - "two or three"? - ? As to China's capability to produce very cost-effective surface ships (and submarines), there's really no doubt at all

The Chinese WILL have a plan: Is this just a means of assuaging the public's need for proof that China is "A Force to be Reckoned With Globally", or is there something else going on, maybe tied in with all that development of "Ghost Cities", and very interesting secret construction in Inner Mongolia -, ??

Best not to underestimate them, 'cause something is certainly afoot.

MillionDollarAnus's picture

I'm not high enough to understand this...

Max Hunter's picture

Settle down, Tyler. Here, have a turkey leg.

MontgomeryScott's picture

Learn languages.

Be normal.

Body parts are not normally described.

Learn how to speak fluently, @:

double-u(WW), PLANTS, dot com.

One more time, that's:

WW (double-ewe), Learn to trigger Manchurian Candidatescorrectly, dot, com.

A message for ewe:


MillionDollarAnus's picture

Seriously, who is your dealer? I want some.

max2205's picture








TeamDepends's picture
“The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labour. War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.”

George Orwell, 1984

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

If one wanted to find out where a Rothschild lives, how might one go about it.


Just out of interest mind you.  

yogibear's picture

The banksters salivate from anticipation of huge profits made from the possibility of a huge war. The deem sacrificing of the small people necessary to make them wealthier. 

The opposition from going into Syria was too strong so the banksters will create another war.


Boris Alatovkrap's picture

So many false rumor of war,... Boris is now kind of sort of hope maybe small war with China and USSA... fun to watch two communist regime slug out.

mjcOH1's picture

"So many false rumor of war,... Boris is now kind of sort of hope maybe small war with China and USSA... fun to watch two communist regime slug out"

There's nothing like the hatein' of two left wing regimes arguing over who is the true champion of the proletariat. Cue uncle joe and midget austrians with one left nut. or kenyans with suspended law licenses and seasoned chicoms. same thing.

Oldballplayer's picture

You must be under 25.

Draft was good enough for us, it's good enough for you.

Now get off my lawn.

(Ps: they would never bring back the draft. A sea war is the only war we can win against these guys.)

BKbroiler's picture

Who needs a draft when you have mercenaries?  Where's Eric Prince nowadays?

The Heart's picture

"Not fun is draft."


No more worrying about commie-care.

What is not so funny is watching this slow-motion train wreck headed over the cliff the inescapable chair strapped in a seat belt on the train.

MontgomeryScott's picture


No, not much fun, thinks I for times. Thermonuclear war not is much hilarity. XBOX fun is not for adults, but not, children think is hilarity. Smells of frying proletariats and capitalists not is good. Damages, genetic, are ensuing, not hopefully allowing continuation species of us all. USSR contaminated itself, not for good of the people.

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

China wouldn't stand a chance against all the US teenagers flying drones by remote control for all the free pepsi and pizza they can eat. It's funny how the US axis of evil paints terrorists as cowards. How many US brass would sacrifice their life for their beliefs. Now I'm not condoning terrorist activity but saying it's cowardly is an insult when you fly drones from 5000 miles away while sitting in an ergonomic chair, to kill innocent men, woman and children. Christ almighty, you'd think they'd at least sit on a stool so they had some degree of hardship or suffering. The utter sickness of our western society that we are not enraged at this behaviour. I suppose the German people sat idly by while Hitler killed six million Jews. The earth really needs to rid itself of the pustulescents that is the human being. 

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

"What do you get when you combine an ebbing world power led by an impuissant, effete dilettante, who has fired many of his top military brass for political reasons, with a rising eastern economic power, which has just concluded its 3rd Plenum, and is looking to carve a more secure, self -sufficient place for itself on the world stage?"

I know what I'll need to get -  a dictionary.



AldousHuxley's picture

US had the chance to nuke north korea during the war, but they already passed on that


US wants China to be consumers. They are not going to nuke the new shoppers just as slave owners don't kill their own slaves.



The problem is allegiance of Asian nations would switch to China as they become their main export customer which already is.


Canadian Dirtlump's picture

my thoughts have drifted towards the fact that once the british lost their silver for tea to the chinese, which ended up in war.


now the whole west, albeit in a less direct transactional line are losing their gold for ipads, toys, soon food and about every other rope soap and dope. I can't say that at some point the logical result isn't going to play out directly or indirectly.

scraping_by's picture

Ah, yes. The foreign exchange solution was gunboats up the Yangste to force the government to legalize Indian opium.

What's the US Opium, I wonder.

mjcOH1's picture

"What's the US Opium, I wonder."

We still make some pretty decent porn. But the fat-carts in the candid scenes are getting distracting.

Wyatt Junker's picture

This is good.  America needs a war.  Then maybe, once Obama is distracted, he will stop his war on us, 'the people' and finally leave us the fuck alone.

Hey, I'll even help.  I'll buy war bonds.  As many as it takes... as long as that motherfucker will let me keep my plan.

Now, go play war little boy. 

jwoop66's picture

barry and his statist buddies will be at war with the US until we are all full blooded marxists.  The left sucks at foreign diplomacy because it is a distraction from their primary goal: the conquest of the United States.

edotabin's picture

Yeah baby war!  NSA! NSA! NSA!  I mean USA!, USA!

TheGardener's picture

Japan tried to align to her legitimate business interests. Big fail.

TheGardener's picture

Financially off of containment China eventually pulls it`s weight ? Surprise, surprise...

Japan and Taiwan are spent forces after doing their job.

No nuclear options required. The US has no allies, only vassals mistreated. And to be sold off to the lowliest bidder. Japan thrown under the bus.

Taiwan anyone ? No takers? To China proper too.
Korea ? Fuck , the one we contain or control or appease
and get all our high tech from ? Can`t remember the administration that struck deals, so let`s just sell them off too !

Chuck Walla's picture

America! Fuck Ya!


yogibear's picture


Yes, the great leap Forward chairman Obama! The PLA (Peoples Liberal Army)

Four chan's picture

world peace would be better served if they converted those boats into dim sum restaurants.

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

most western idiots lack the gastronomical sophistication to appreciate dim sum. That being the case, we can put something like the absurdly named "ho lee chow" restaurant beside the dim sum so there is something for everyone.


imagine being served by some oily faced white teenager in a coolie outfit.