What’s An Air Defence Identification Zone, And How Are They Created?

Today, we bring you awareness of another term in International Politics. Air Defence Identification Zone. So, what is an Air Defence Identification Zone?

An air defence identification zone is an area outside of a country’s territory and national airspace – but where foreign aircraft are still identified, monitored, and controlled in the interest of national security.

How are they created?

It is self-declared and technically remains international airspace.

Are they universally recognised by sovereign states?

It depends. For instance, Taiwan – which officially calls itself the Republic of China (ROC), and sees itself as a sovereign state – created one.

But China (officially the People’s Republic of China – PRC) doesn’t recognise it because it sees Taiwan as a province within the People’s Republic.

Recently, Chinese military aircraft conducted war games in Taiwan’s self-declared Air Defence Identification Zone. Taiwan in response scrambled its jets and monitored the exercise.

Do you think the response would have been different if China’s had actually flown over Taiwanese territory, rather than the Air Defence Identification Zone? Tell us in the comments.

China, Others Create RCEP With GDP Of $26 Trillion

China has just inked a free trade deal with 15 economies in the Asia Pacific region. The deal is called the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership- RCEP.

It creates a new free trade area with 2.2 billion people. That’s about 30% of the world’s population.

The combined GDP of the RCEP is estimated at $26 trillion. That is almost 28% of global trade if calculated using 2019 figures.

One noteworthy development is that US allies Japan and South Korea are a part of it. Australia and New Zealand are also in on the deal.

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Nagorno-Karabakh: A Call For Independent Fact-Finding Commission

The Nagorno-Karabakh war is very painful, more especially as it comes in the period of a difficult pandemic. Our thoughts go out to those caught up in the war.

We call for restraint on both sides and for conciliation. We remind the warring parties Armenia and Azerbaijan that under Article 2 paragraph 3 of the UN Charter, states have the obligation to settle their disputes peacefully.

In this difficult time when Covid-19 is creating existential puzzles in the world, both sides must embrace conciliation and consent to a peaceful resolution of the crisis. This is not a time for violent conflict… indeed there is no right time for a resort to arms.

We call on both sides to consent to the establishment of an independent fact finding mission to ascertain the facts that have led to the current crisis and proffer lasting solutions.