China Raises Stakes in Air Standoff

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL WEEKEND, Saturday/Sunday November 30-December 1, 2013

By Jeremy Page in Beijeng and Julian E. Barnes in Washington

“China raised the stakes in a standoff around its newly declared air-defense zone Friday, when it said for the first time it had dispatched fighter jets to check on U.S. and Japanese military planes there, setting a precedent for what could now become routine high-speed aerial encounters over the East China Sea.

With China overtly challenging Japanese control of disputed islands in the area, such encounters raise the risk of a collision, a misunderstanding or a confrontation between pilots that could quickly escalate into a military clash embroiling the U.S.”

Raising the stakes in a poker game or other gambling games increases the risk involved in playing, but is usually based on good cards and the assumption that one will win.  Apparently, the Chinese feel the same way.

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