UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — A US strategic bomber B-52 flew close to disputed islands in the South China Sea, according to the ABC television channel.
A US Air Force B-52 strategic bomber flew not far from disputed islands in the South China Sea , the ABC television channel reported, referring to the Pacific Air Forces.
“Two B-52 Stratofortress bombers left the Andersen Air Base , Guam, and participated in routine training missions on March 4, 2019,” said Pacific Air Forces quoted by ABC.
“A bomber trained near the South China Sea before returning to Guam, another trained near Japan in coordination with the United States Navy and Japanese Air Force partners before returning to Japan. in Guam, “says the Pacific Air Forces statement.
Last November, two bombers from the US Air Force flew over an area of the South China Sea, the scene of territorial disputes between Beijing and several other countries in the region.
China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei are fighting over a large part of the South China Sea, which contains oil and gas resources. In this perspective, Beijing, which claims that these territories belong “since antiquity”, erects artificial islands with airfields and radar.
Chinese claims are described as “unfounded” by many countries. Beijing, in turn, accuses the Philippines and Vietnam of using US support to stir regional tensions.
In 2016, the UN Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled that China could not claim an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) because of the occupation of these artificial islands.
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