Sunday Headlines

South Korea Matches China’s Move By Establishing Its Own Air Defense Zone
In response to China establishing its air defense zone, the government of South Korea announced plans to expand its own air defense zone, including territory that both nations claim as theirs.

“It will be the first time that South Korea has adjusted the zone since it was first set up by the US military in 1951 during the Korean War, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reports. China’s recently announced ADIZ also covers islands claimed and controlled by Japan. China said aircraft flying through the zone must follow its rules, including filing flight plans,” reports BBC News.

Victor Cha, a senior adviser for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a professor at Georgetown University, makes his case in The Washington Post that the administration should encourage South Korea and Japan to get behind a coordinated message in response to China.

And, he suggests, “the United States should maintain, or even increase, the tempo of military exercises and operations in the region” and to “use the controversy over this air defense zone to press China into agreeing to some form of crisis-management mechanism among the four countries in Northeast Asia. Currently, there is no established apparatus to respond to the collision of planes or other accidents.”

The Arctic Circle Becomes Ground Zero In Battle For Future Energy Sources
A wealth of potential energy sources, including approximately 13 percent of global undiscovered oil deposits and 30 percent of its natural gas reserves, the Arctic Circle is being eyed by nations from Russia, Canada, Norway, Iceland and the US, reports The New York Times.

In fact, The Huffington Post reports, several of those nations already have staked their claim to lands in the Arctic. Nt simply through words, but officially laid claim.

“Countries must submit proposals to the U.N. Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf to request an extension of their nautical borders. Currently, under international law, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and the U.S. — the five countries with territories near the Arctic Circle — are allotted 200 nautical miles from their northern coasts. Nations may extend their territories up to 350 nautical miles, if granted approval by the U.N. commission. Usually, a country must prove that the seabed is a natural prolongation of its land territory,”

Computer Worms Being Sold To The Highest – And Not Necessarily The Nicest – Bidders

Aliya Sternstein of NextGov details the emerging trade in computer worms that has independent firms identifying and then selling computer viruses to anyone who will pay the right price.

“Boutique firms are selling details about flaws in products made by Microsoft, Adobe and others — that even the Microsofts and Adobes don’t know about — to the highest bidder, whether it’s the product maker, the Pentagon, Iran or the mafia. They also are selling hacking tools, called “zero-day exploits,” that breach the security holes before the product makers have time to discover the defects,” she writes.

Should America Toughen Its Stance On China?

Leslie Gelb says he is hearing a growing drumbeat among foreign policy circle that the time has arrived for the United States to adopt a more aggressive stance toward China.

“Those pushing for a tougher line toward China realize such a policy shift takes time, and can’t be decided upon in the space of a week or so, the time it took to digest China’s imposition of its new Air Defense Identification Zone or ADIZ over the disputed islands in the East China Sea. If Washington is to adopt a tougher stance toward Beijing, it needs a lot of methodical calculation. And U.S. diplomats would have to ensure beforehand that Asian nations would follow suit, so that Washington did not string itself out alone. The Obama administration is not near such a policy departure. And so, Biden deftly carried out his prescribed paces, perhaps disturbing no one greatly beyond the Japanese. Japan is less and less inclined to let Beijing push it around. In this regard, they’re out in front of the U.S. government, but they are not alone,” he writes.






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