29 Oct '15, 11pm

US B-52 bombers defy China's newly declared airspace defence zone over disputed islands

US B-52 bombers defy China's newly declared airspace defence zone over disputed islands

WASHINGTON — Two unarmed United States B-52 bombers on a training mission flew over disputed islands in the East China Sea without informing Beijing, Pentagon officials said yesterday (Nov 26), defying China’s declaration of a new airspace defence zone in the region. The Pentagon said the flight on Monday night did not prompt a response from China, and the White House urged Beijing to resolve its dispute with Japan over the islands diplomatically, without resorting to “threats or inflammatory language”. China published coordinates for an East China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone over the weekend and warned it would take “defensive emergency measures” against aircraft that failed to identify themselves properly in the airspace. The zone covers most of that sea and includes the skies over islands at the heart of a territorial dispute with Japan. “The policy announced by...

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