When China declared a new airspace defense zone that goes over disputed territories they claimed against several other nations. The most famous dispute are the islands known as the Diaoyu Islands in China which is also claimed, and controlled by, Japan but the new zone by China also go over or come very close to territories claimed by South Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines.
So it's comes as no
surprise to me when America, strong ally of Japan, South Korea and the Philippines,
decide to sent a strong message to China. Two unarmed U.S. B-52 bombers on a "training
mission" flew over disputed islands in the East China Sea without
informing Beijing. Basically telling the Chinese the China's declaration of the
new airspace defense zone is not worth the paper it is printed on.
This should come as no
surprise. Not only is America a strong ally of Japan, China has no legal leg to
stand on in their claim on Diaoyu. After World War 2, America was looking to
give back the island and asked for nations to stake their claim on the island.
Japan did, China did not. Now some people may argue Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek
were too busy fighting against each other in a civil war to bother about making
a claim on some islands in the middle of the East China Sea but the fact
remains that they did not. Of course back then no one knew there were oil and
gas beneath the islands so no one cared.
Even Japan was guilty of this. Oil and gas were discovered
in 1969, and the islands were only given back to Japan in 1972. That year, only
then did the Chinese government began to declare ownership of the islands.
Amazing what oil and gas could do right?
Personally I think China
got itself into a real bind with this move because they are just going to lose
face on the matter. America, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, and
maybe a few others will just ignore the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone and there's not much China can do about it. If China really want it, then they need to defend and enforce the zone, which means going up against the whole region.
Frankly, this zone by China just do nothing but create more problems for China.