It has been pointed out that the real purpose of China’s recent declaration of the air defense identification zone (ADIZ) is the “First Island Chain” linking Okinawa, Taiwan, and the South China Sea, which is highly important for China’s marine strategy, rather than the Diaoyudao Islands or oil fields in the East China Sea.
Hong Kong-based weekly magazine Yazhou Zhoukan reported on November 30 that China’s declaration of the ADIZ in the East China Sea was made after very careful considerations on the part of the Chinese government, and is a significant strategic breakthrough. According to the report, President of the People’s Republic of China and Chairman of the Central Military Commission Xi Jinping took counsel from a lot of experts before making the decision himself to bring the issue to the level of strategic conflict from that of the surrounding natural resources.
Until recently, China focused on the Diaoyudao Islands and the oil and gas fields in the East China Sea. However, according to the magazine, it has shifted its focus to the Miyako Strait and the First Island Chain by declaring the ADIZ. If the Chinese navy takes possession of the strait, it can navigate beyond the First Island Chain without any interference from Japan to aim for the Second Island Chain of Saipan, Guam and Indonesia.