B-52 bombers over disputed islands as Japan and US snub Beijing’s new air defense zone

US Air Force B-52 bomber.(AFP Photo / Paul Crock)RT News

Two US military B-52 bombers flew over territorially-disputed islands in the East China Sea without informing China, while two of Japan’s largest airlines also refused to comply with the rules of Beijing’s newly set up air defense zone.

ANA Holdings and Japan Airlines said they made the decision following a Japanese government request, Reuters reports.  

On Saturday, the Chinese Defense Ministry said that any Japanese planes in the vicinity of the disputed Senkaku/ Diaoyu Islands need to submit their flight patterns to China’s Foreign Ministry or civil aviation administration and they must maintain radio contact with Chinese authorities.

Both airlines have been informing China’s aviation authorities of flights through the recently established zone in the East China Sea. They will stop doing so as of Wednesday, spokesmen for the carriers said.

US Secretary of State John Kerry warned that China’s attempt to impose control over the airspace“constitutes an attempt to change the status quo in the East China Sea. Escalatory action will only increase tensions in the region and create risks of an incident.”

More than 20 countries, including Japan and the US enforce similar airspace identification zones in the interest of national security.Those zones, however, are not in disputed areas.

Tensions between Japan and China over the eight uninhabited islands ratcheted up after Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara said he would use public money to buy the islands from their private Japanese owner.


2 thoughts on “B-52 bombers over disputed islands as Japan and US snub Beijing’s new air defense zone

  1. Going to set up an event that will start a limited war with China, giving the thieves at the FED and those ‘Too Big to Fail’ Wall Street casinos the excuse they need to wipe all that money owed to China off the books?

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