Eric Heginbotham

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Eric Heginbotham is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. The views expressed here are entirely his own and do not necessarily reflect those of RAND or any other organization.

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Foreign Policy Essay

The Foreign Policy Essay: China’s ADIZ in the East China Sea

Editor’s Note: China’s establishment last November of an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) shook many observers, who feared it was a first step in a more aggressive Chinese foreign policy. Here at the Foreign Policy Essay, we’ve already taken an early look at the issue. However, as the months have passed and a crisis has yet to emerge, analysts are beginning to take a second look at the issue. Eric Heginbotham, a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, contends that the reasons for China’s decision to establish the ADIZ are often misunderstood and that U.S.