Diplomatic sources have told Via Meadia that, contrary to the muddled and contradictory reporting by the international media on East Asian tension in recent days, Washington and its allies in Asia have actually been on the same page regarding China’s new Air Defense Identification Zone. The international press has, with a few exceptions, bungled this important story, which is still unfolding.Several outlets reported that after Vice President Biden landed in Japan the two allies disagreed on how to deal with China’s ADIZ, which overlaps similar zones of Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan—all American allies. The FT, for example, noted that Japan was unhappy when Vice President Biden stopped short of demanding that China rescind the ADIZ. Other outlets reported that some officials in Washington appeared to “accept” the ADIZ; different branches of the US government also seemed to contradict each other in how the US was responding to the issue. Moreover, it seemed that the FAA was instructed to issue an order to US airlines to obey China’s new rules, something Japan and South Korea said publicly their own airlines would not do.However, as these same sources have indicated, the US and its allies have been doing a better job of cooperating and coordinating the response to China’s aggressive move than the international media has let on. And the Vice President’s trip through East Asia may go a long way toward cooling tension in the region. But it’s difficult to predict what comes next. This is an important story and we’ll be keeping you posted as things keep unfolding.