Get PJ Media on your Apple

Afraid of China, State Dept Undermines Two Centuries of U.S. Doctrine

Trust John Kerry's State Department to walk into a Chinese-made trap.

by
Gordon G. Chang

Bio

December 3, 2013 - 11:44 pm
Page 1 of 2  Next ->   View as Single Page

On Monday, the State Department called on China to withdraw the rules it imposed when announcing its East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone. “The fact that China’s announcement has caused confusion and increased the risk of accidents only further underscores the validity of concerns and the need for China to rescind the procedures,” said spokeswoman Jen Psaki at the department’s daily press briefing.

Psaki’s statement — a little too diplomatic given the circumstances — was a first step in undoing the harm the State Department caused on Friday when it advised U.S. carriers to comply with Beijing’s demands for its new zone.

Beijing established the air zone on November 23 without consulting other countries in the region, and it’s not hard to see why. First, China’s new ADIZ — air zones are known by these initials — includes the sovereign airspace of both Japan and South Korea. Worse, Beijing claims Japanese and South Korean territory under the zone as a part of the People’s Republic. The establishment of the zone, therefore, has been seen as an attempt to wrest sovereignty from both Tokyo and Seoul.

Second, Beijing requires aircraft to file flight plans before entering its zone and remain in touch with Chinese authorities while in the zone even if such aircraft do not intend to enter China’s sovereign airspace. Other countries, like the United States, do not have such expansive requirements for their ADIZs.

China’s new zone was, therefore, an unprecedented act, arrogant, belligerent, and dangerous. The U.S. and others, therefore, have ignored Beijing’s rules. On the Tuesday following the announcement of the zone, the Pentagon sent two B-52s, taking off from Guam, to fly through China’s zone without complying with its rules. Since then, the U.S. has been making daily transits through the zone, and Japanese, South Korean, and Taiwanese military craft have been also making frequent flights there.

The State Department, when it advised American carriers to respect the zone, stated that its position “does not indicate U.S. government acceptance of China’s requirements for operating in the newly declared ADIZ.” That sounds fine as a technical legal matter, but the Chinese have used the compliance of American carriers to bolster the legitimacy of its zone. “The submission of flight plans to the competent Chinese authorities by airlines of relevant countries including the US shows their constructive attitude and cooperative will in upholding aviation order and security in the airspace above the East China Sea together with China,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei on Monday. “We appreciate that.”

Trust the State Department to walk into a Chinese-made trap, undoing the good work of the Pentagon. If there has been any consistent American foreign policy over the course of more than two centuries, it has been the defense of freedom of navigation. Having American planes submit to China’s expansive rules undercuts that long-held — and essential — policy.

Comments are closed.

Top Rated Comments   
Yeah, but who is Tom Friedman rooting for, is the question.

And Anita Dunn.

And Carl Davidson.

Find out the answer to those questions...then connect the dots back to Kerry and Obama.

If your government is being run by traitors...which power hungry nation will understand that lifelong history...and make use of it?

Iran? Check.
Russia? Check
China? Check
Muslim Brotherhood nations? Check

Border crashes? Check
Al Qaeda? Check

We cannot be safe and secure from the enemies abroad, because we are not safe and secure from the enemies at home...or from their conspiratorial media.
41 weeks ago
41 weeks ago Link To Comment
Why is it this administration only "punches back twice as hard" when dealing with American civilians?
41 weeks ago
41 weeks ago Link To Comment
Leave it to State to do something REALLY stupid. Wonder if they have ever seen Dumb and Dumber? Could be about them!
41 weeks ago
41 weeks ago Link To Comment
All Comments   (35)
All Comments   (35)
Sort: Newest Oldest Top Rated
my friend's half-sister makes $72 an hour on the internet. She has been laid off for six months but last month her pay check was $15553 just working on the internet for a few hours. link>>>>>>>>> www.jobs35.com
40 weeks ago
40 weeks ago Link To Comment
Next they make the zone off our shores and Obama will undertake the ceremony of the "three kneelings and nine kowtows",
41 weeks ago
41 weeks ago Link To Comment
The part about the Chicoms having no combat experience worries me. Before WWI the Great Powers and their militaries had little to no combat experience but jumped in anyway. Similarly, the Chicoms may have puffed themselves up beyond the point of no return.
41 weeks ago
41 weeks ago Link To Comment
Obama was much too hasty in kowtowing to the Chinese. Virtually all American commercial operations are jets flying at high altitude, which already requires filing a flight plan by international rules, which is the primary requirement for operating in the ADIZ. If the department that made the announcement re American commercial airlines complying with the Chinese ADIZ had merely talked to the FAA first they would have known to keep their mouths shut.
41 weeks ago
41 weeks ago Link To Comment
The world has become Monty Python. The Monty Python "Fish Slapping Dance" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhJQp-q1Y1s shows how to deal with prancing provocation and oceanic slaps in the face.

Maybe someone should send the complete collection of Monty Python sketches to the State Department as a guide.
41 weeks ago
41 weeks ago Link To Comment
my roomate's sister makes $85/hr on the computer. She has been fired from work for 9 months but last month her pay check was $17002 just working on the computer for a few hours. you could look here....

WWW.fly31.COM
41 weeks ago
41 weeks ago Link To Comment
Kerry Chinese-handcuffed himself.
41 weeks ago
41 weeks ago Link To Comment
I trust Kerry to blast his way out of this trap in much the same way he escaped any serious injury after a vicious Vietcong attack where they fired blanks, imaginary rockets and spitballs at his boat.
41 weeks ago
41 weeks ago Link To Comment
I'm going to say this one more time. Obama's goal is to DESTROY America, & will do whatever it takes, even to making our enemies so mad they attack us. He doesn't care how many Americans are killed here, or overseas. It's just that many less that he has to deal with. We the people had better be ready to defend ourselves, to the death if necessary.
'
41 weeks ago
41 weeks ago Link To Comment
The "good" of the Pentagon? What a joke.
41 weeks ago
41 weeks ago Link To Comment
You've simply no idea how adolescent and silly that comment reads.
41 weeks ago
41 weeks ago Link To Comment
So Chang's solution is to acquiesce to the Chinese air space grab which means we acquiesce to any annexation they wish to claim. Lovely.
41 weeks ago
41 weeks ago Link To Comment
It's par for the course. After all, Obama has given away seven strategic, oil-rich Alaskan islands to the Russians (one as big as Delaware, with great natural resources), at a time when we could be going to war with Russia. At minimum, the oil, alone, from these Islands should be considered to be a military asset. I remain very concerned that these seven islands in the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea could also be used as a military staging area from which to invade Alaska and defend its new claims of the mineral rich resources at the North Pole; a stunning act of treason. They have infilitrated Alaska is so many other ways it's frightening.
There is much more to this. You can find the rest of the article by Dave Hodges of the commonsense show, titled 'Why Russia Needs Alaska.'
That's the endgame. Obama is the lynchpin of a multigenerational plan to hand America over to the Russians and to the Chinese communists - bringing America the most crippling form of communism the world has ever seen.
41 weeks ago
41 weeks ago Link To Comment
1 2 3 Next View All