China just tested Japan's nerves by patrolling its newly redefined "East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone"*.
The "battleships" game between Japan and China around the Senkaku-Diaoyu islands has moved to a new level: the skies. Next step? Space, probably in an episode titled "The Empire Strikes Back".
Of course, China's air defense zone includes Ieodo, a (contested) Korean (submerged) territory we already mentioned, and Seoul is not very happy about that (see "China Claims Buffer Airspace from Korea, Japan" - The Chosun Ilbo 20131125).
- "France claims the British Isles at the United Nations",
- "Shinzo Abe: an offensive Defense White Paper ahead of the elections... and Constitutional Revolution",
- "Dokdo, Senkaku, Ieodo, Kuril,... Hashima?",
- "Ieodo: I smell a fish"
|Note that Shinzo Abe only claims part of the old Japanese Empire. Even hardcore fascists have soft spots, it seems.|
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* see for instance "Chinese pilots patrol controversial air zone over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands" (The Telegraph 2013112)