US fliers B-52 bomber over South China waters

World | 6 Mar 2019 1:15 pm

The US military has flown a B-52 bomber over the South China Sea in an apparent bid to keep China's military buildup in the region in check.

The US Pacific Air Forces told NHK yesterday that the B-52 flew near disputed islands in the sea a day earlier. The islands are effectively controlled by China.

The military said the bomber left Andersen air base in Guam and carried out routine training over the sea. It was the first US bomber flight over the area since November.

The military said the bomber's presence is needed to maintain the US Air Force's readiness in the region.

It said the bomber flight is consistent with international law and US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Last month, a US Navy ship sailed in the area in a "freedom of navigation" operation, apparently to counter China's claim to the islands and its efforts to militarize them.

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