|Two U.S. long-range strategic bombers flew over parts of the South China Sea, asserting freedom of overflight over disputed waters. The two B-1B Lancer bombers flight comes shortly after the latest U.S. freedom of navigation operation by the U.S. Navy which involved the USS Stethem.|
An incident in May involving a U.S. B-1B flying over the East China Sea received warnings from Chinese authorities. China declared an air defense identification zone over much of the East China Sea in November 2013.
|The Chinese Foreign Ministry reacted negatively to the flight, with a Foreign Ministry spokesperson saying that “China resolutely opposes individual countries using the banner of freedom of navigation and overflight to flaunt military force and harm China’s sovereignty and security.”|