Escalation / Destabilization Conflict

US military aircraft defies China’s new defence zone to fly over disputed East China Sea

Two US B-52 bombers have flown over the disputed Senkaku/Daiyou islands, ‘in a   direct challenge’ to China’s new air defence zone

A group of disputed islands, Uotsuri island , Minamikojima and Kitakojima, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China is seen in the East China Sea

A group of disputed islands, Uotsuri island , Minamikojima and Kitakojima, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China is seen in the East China Sea Photo: REUTERS

By Peter Foster, Washington

5:46PM GMT 26 Nov 2013

THE United States sent a clear message to China yesterday not to over-step its   territorial ambitions in the East China Sea by flying a pair of B-52 nuclear   bombers through air-space disputed by Japan and China.

The flights by the two unarmed aircraft came three days after Beijing   unilaterally declared an aerial identification zone over a large area that   includes the Senkaku islands – known as Diayou in China – that are the   subject of a bitter territorial feud with Japan.

The two US aircraft did not identify themselves as they entered China’s   self-declared Air Defence Identification Zone, a Pentagon spokesman said on   Tuesday, who pointedly referred to the disputed islands by their Japanese   name.

“We have continued to follow our normal procedures, which include not filing   flight plans, not radioing ahead and not registering our frequencies,” said   Col Steve Warren.

The White House spelled out the significance of the B-52 flights, publicly   rejecting the Chinese zone and urging Beijing to focus on diplomatic means   to resolve the dispute.

Read More: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10476579/US-military-aircraft-defies-Chinas-new-defence-zone-to-fly-over-disputed-East-China-Sea.html