US bombers conduct air drills over south china sea
July 7, Beijing: Two U.S bombers conducted drills over the South China Sea, the U.S. Air Force said on Friday.
According to reporrts, the US was asserting the right to treat the region as international territory despite China's claim to virtually all of the waterway. the move by the US army took place as the US and chinese presidents were scheduled to talk about the alleged North Korean threat.
North Korea earlier this week had fired an intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday that some experts believe has the range to reach Alaska and Hawaii and perhaps the U.S. Pacific Northwest.While Trump has been seeking China's help to press North Korea, the U.S. military has, nevertheless, been asserting its "freedom of navigation" rights in the South China Sea, at the risk of angering China.
Asked about the flight by the two U.S. bombers, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said there was no problem with freedom of navigation or overflight for the East and South China Seas.
"But 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," he said.
China's Defence Ministry, in a short statement sent to Reuters, said China always maintained its vigilance and "effectively monitors relevant countries' military activities next to China.""The Chinese military will resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and security as well as regional peace and stability," it added, without elaborating.
The Oslo Times International News Network