The South Korean Government will announce the expansion of their Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) this coming week. The expansion includes the southern islands of Marado and Hongdo, as well as the Ieodo Ocean Research Station and is in response to the aggressive behaviour of the PRC’s attempt to extend it’s own ADIZ over islands whose ownership they are contesting.
The PRC has already expressed its “regret” over this decision to expand the South Korean ADIZ, (since maybe they feel they did not expand theirs enough?)
Though the South Korean Government does not wish to act rashly, action is needed at this time:
. . . Hong Hyun-ik, a senior researcher at the Sejong Institute, said, “As China takes toll on South Korea, we have no option but to declare our expanded air zone. . . A lukewarm response could send a signal that we may make a concession on our own territory,”.
I note that a joint naval drill will be taking place tomorrow between South Korea, U.S. and U.K. forces in the area south of Chejudo.