United States bombers fly over South China Sea to assert right

08 July, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Two US Air Force B-1B Lancer strategic bombers

"China does not have problems with freedom of navigation or flights over the East China Sea and the South China Sea, and respects and supports those freedoms in accordance with worldwide law", Geng said.

China on Friday accused the United States of trying to "flaunt military force" to harm its sovereignty in name of freedom of navigation after two American bombers flew over the disputed South China Sea disregarding Beijing's claims over the area.

Despite wanting Beijing's cooperation on North Korea, the USA has provoked China several times in the last few months.

While Mr Trump has been seeking China's help to press North Korea, the USA military has been asserting its "freedom of navigation" rights in the South China Sea, at the risk of angering China.

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The bombers first drilled with Japanese fighter jets in the East China Sea, where Beijing and Tokyo are also at odds over an unresolved territorial dispute.

The operation allowed the allies to practice joint operations at night and demonstrated the Air Force's ability to "conduct seamless operations with all of our allies", the Pacific Air Force Headquarters said in a statement.

"Xi Jinping stressed that since his meeting with President Trump, important results have been achieved in China-US relations", reported Chinese state media outlet CCTV.

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China claims sovereignty over all of South China Sea.

"The recent mission demonstrates how the USA will continue to exercise the rights of freedom of navigation anywhere global law allows", Pacific Air Force said in a statement on Friday.

The country's Defence Ministry said that "Beijing 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", the Chinese Ministry of National Defense told Reuters reporters in a statement.

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