Thursday, July 13, 2017

US B-1B Bombers Fly Over South China Sea - China Protests

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.”