Air Defense Defining Zones – Misinformation, Misunderstanding and Bad Journalism: Geopolitics


An Air Defense Identification Area (ADIZ) is an area of ​​airspace that extends beyond territorial borders in which a country requires aircraft to identify itself, report flight plans, and comply with ATC instructions; Details vary from region to region with some (such as the United States of America) applicable only to aircraft that intend to enter the actual regional airspace and others (for example) applicable to aircraft that only pass through the region. The main thing to note is that the ADIZ region is not the same as regional airspace, there is no basis for ADIZ in international law, and while a country can “require” foreign aircraft to comply, there is no way to systematically enforce that “requirements”.

Commercial carriers usually adhere to ADIZ regulations as there is no reason to initiate a dispute with the instigating country and nothing to gain from it, the United States. Airlines accept Chinese ADIZ compliance Although she does not officially recognize her and her son Challenged that. This achieves one of the ADIZ’s goals of reducing the workload when observing foreign military forces, with massive quantities of commercial aircraft already identified, making it easy to sift through and focus on unaccounted for contacts. However, the East China Sea is rife with territorial disputes, well-equipped armed forces and qualified industrial zones with which incompatible air forces regularly enter.

Taiwanese ADIZ, for example, are being entered by PLA planes on a daily basis as you can see from Ministry of National Defense Twitter. This can be seen as a way to demonstrate the PLA’s incompatibility with Taiwan’s ADIZ, and as a show of strength, such incursions typically increase in size in times of high tension or when the PRC feels the need to respond to threats. The problem comes with the way it is reported in the press and responded to by people online: Remember, ADIZ is not regional airspace and there is no law preventing you from flying to one.

Whether due to a lack of knowledge of the subject matter or deliberately misrepresenting the flights, news outlets consistently refer to them as entering Taiwan’s airspace or ignore what the ADIZ is and mean that these are more threatening and aggressive than they actually are. To list a little:

  • The IndependentChinese aircraft enter Taiwan airspace for a second day

  • NDTV: Chinese fighter jets enter Taiwan’s airspace, once again

  • BBC: Taiwan announces a “major incursion” of Chinese warplanes for a second day

  • Al JazeeraChinese fighter jets enter Taiwan’s airspace for a second day

  • daily Mail: A chilling message from China to Biden: Beijing is sending 15 combat jets into Taiwan’s airspace for the second time in two days after the United States sent an aircraft carrier to the disputed South China Sea.

  • France 24: Taiwan denounces the storming of 12 Chinese aircraft in its airspace)

  • SCMPThe report said that Chinese People’s Liberation Army warplanes made a record number of 380 incursions into Taiwan’s airspace in 2020.

  • Globalism: Chinese bombers penetrate Taiwan airspace

  • DW: The United States is concerned after Chinese warplanes fly over Taiwan’s airspace

This leads to expected responses from online commenters, usually “drop them,” “an invasion is coming,” or calls for revenge. Sometimes the comments section realizes that the article is false and calls it up. I am now familiar with the issues with China, and I realize that we cannot expect the average person to be aware of the details of regional domains and judicial authorities, but these articles are just bad press and can stir tensions by making people think that other countries are more aggressive than they are in Indeed. I doubt that’s the intended effect, and maybe these articles are just trying to generate clicks, but that’s definitely what happens and has been for years. I am sure that if China actually sent 12 aircraft deep into Taiwan’s airspace, the response would be much greater than a tepid tweet and complaint.

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