Air Defense Identification Zones & China: What does International Law Say?

By Sarthak Malhotra

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Senkaku Islands. Credits: Kyodo News, via Associated Press

As the time for South China Sea arbitration ruling comes closer, the foreign policy circles, including those of countries like the United States of America, are witnessing increasing discussions on the issue of China using a negative ruling as a pretext to declare an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the South China Sea.[1] Interestingly, the United States was the first country to set up an ADIZ in 1950 during the Cold War era.

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