China's salami-slicing is dicey diplomacy

China is making a series of small but aggressive moves to change the regional maritime and territorial status quo by stealth. It's a strategy that could result in disastrous diplomatic consequences.

Over the weekend, China announced an Air Defence Identification Zone over the East China Sea, which includes waters and islands claimed by both China and Japan.

The zone requires airlines to formally inform China of any flight plans over the area. Failure to do so would allow Chinese air authorities, including the national air force, to take ‘defensive emergency measures’ against any infringing commercial or military aircraft.

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