Playing chicken in the East China Sea

US Navy photo: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erin Devenberg
The US-Japan Naval Air Facility in Misawa, Japan on Nov. 11.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Thursday, 11/28/2013 5:07 pm EST
Last Updated: Thursday, 11/28/2013 5:40 pm EST

Since Saturday, when China declared an Air Defence Identification Zone that covers the disputed islands called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese, the media have been full of predictions of confrontation and crisis. On that same day Japan scrambled two F-15 fighters to intercept two Chinese aircraft that approached the islands.

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