28 November 2013

Is China a Paper Tiger?

Only hours after China published its air defense zone, South Korean, Japanese, and US military jets have crossed into the zone without reporting to the Chinese authorities, as required by the new edict.  In fact, even Japanese civilian airlines have crossed into the zone without filing their flight plans with China.

So does China's muted reaction to the violations of its airspace make it a paper tiger?  Or is the air defense zone just the first step of a brilliant strategy to resolve the dispute over the Diaoyu Islands with Japan in China's favour?

What do you think?

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