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.

Oops! Finland War Games Mistaken For Military Invasion (Did they think it was Putin?)

Finland’s armed forces caused alarm on one of the country’s own islands when an after-dark training exercise was mistaken for a real invasion, it’s reported.

Kamsholmen island resident Bjarne Winberg watched as a large boat docked near his house and unloaded a group of uniformed men carrying rucksacks and what looked like guns, the Ilta-Sanomat newspaper reports.

When the group headed into the forest, Mr Winberg quickly hopped into his own boat, fled the island and called the emergency services. Ghen ghen!See what happened next: Finland military exercise mistaken for invasion – BBC News 

Ha ha.The fellow may have though it was Putin’s boys paying Finland a little visit.