The following is an excerpt from a commentary published on the People’s Daily website:
China’s announcement of an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) caused uproars in Japan, the United States, Australia, Canada and other Western countries. Japan and the U.S. even sent military planes as an act of provocation. Their media also followed the barking and rallied together to attack (China). Some people laughed at China, saying that the ADIZ is a self-inflicting "disgrace," "useless," "a paper tiger." In fact, such an extraordinary response proves that the Chinese move hits Japan and the U.S. exactly where it hurts.
One of the accusations against China is China’s military modernization is "breaking the balance of power in the region." The United States, therefore, should "return to Asia" to rebuild "the Asia-Pacific balance." Some U.S. allies in Southeast Asia also expect the United States to balance China. It should be noted that the Asia-Pacific has never had military balance: the United States not only has never left Asia; it has had military dominance in East Asia. … In recent years China’s military modernization has been more for the sake of configuring its legitimate defense, as is needed for a big country. It is a process to rectify the "imbalance" and achieve "rebalance." This is where the United States and Japan’s worries are. However, China cannot stop growing the crops because of "fear of locusts.”
Establishing the ADIZ is not only a matter of the sovereignty of our core national interests and of economic importance; it also has great strategic significance. The United States not only has never accused Japan because of its air identification zone; the U.S. also strongly supported it. Why do the two countries cooperate so seamlessly? Their purpose is, through the establishment of an air defense identification zone, to achieve blockage of China’s sea and air passages at the first island chain. In fact, Japan’s attempt is not "unacceptable." China must break barriers. How to break through? The United States and Japan have now shown us the way to follow. Now that American and Japanese military airplanes can break into China’s ADIZ without notice, then China of course can pass through Japan’s aviation identification zone without notification. Thus, the first island chain of the U.S. and Japan has become a "useless paper tiger."
Source: People’s Daily, December 3, 2013