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US Military Aircraft Challenge China Air Defense Zone

FILE - A B-52 strategic bomber from the United States Air ForceFILE - A B-52 strategic bomber from the United States Air Force
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FILE - A B-52 strategic bomber from the United States Air Force
FILE - A B-52 strategic bomber from the United States Air Force
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The U.S. military has flown two unarmed B-52 bombers through airspace over disputed islands in the East China Sea, defying an attempt by China to wrest control of the territory from Japan.
 
The Pentagon said the Monday flights did not trigger a response from Beijing, which two days earlier declared the airspace part of a new air defense zone.  China warned all aircraft to identify themselves before entering the area and to obey all orders from Beijing. 
 
China published coordinates for the so-called East China Sea Air Identification Zone on Saturday and warned it would take emergency defense measures to enforce its claim.
 
The White House on Tuesday urged Beijing to settle its maritime dispute with Tokyo, without "threats or inflammatory language."
 
The flights over the uninhabited islands - known as Senkaku in Japan and Daioyu in China - come one week before U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit Beijing as part of a week-long trip to the Asia-Pacific region.
 
Biden is expected to voice U.S. concerns to Chinese officials about the increasingly tense situation, which comes as Beijing seeks to lay claim to large swaths of the East and South China seas.
 
Japan annexed the islets in the late 19th century, while China claimed sovereignty over the archipelago in 1971.  Beijing linked its claims to ancient maps it says shows the territory has been Chinese for centuries.
 
The festering China-Japan dispute is one of several maritime controversies pitting China against Southeast Asian nations, including the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia.
 
Beijing has indicated a willingness to negotiate the disputes, but has so far rejected calls for multilateral talks.  It has sought separate talks with each country.
 
Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Tuesday that Tokyo is working closely with Washington and will take all necessary steps to protect what it insists is Japanese territory.

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by: Ly Thiem Teng from: Bangkok
November 26, 2013 11:36 PM
Love you too much Americans for this action, you are deserved to be a real super-power in the world. The Chinese communist robber is very aggressive and provocative to encroach on other countries' territory. The world must give Chinese drunken, one lesson on how to behave like a boy. The Chinese annexed Tibet, Uighur's land now they looking for other neighboring countries. Down with the crazy Chinese Communist.


by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
November 26, 2013 11:30 PM
What was the response for this flight from Beijing?


by: Monica from: USA
November 26, 2013 11:08 PM
is that wise... having Obama in charge...???


by: Ssseer
November 26, 2013 10:54 PM
So funny


by: keller from: Wuhan ,China
November 26, 2013 10:17 PM
we will shot it down if again it flys through the area again without report to China

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by: soldier from: China
November 27, 2013 6:31 AM
support you! shot it down undoubtedly!

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by: van from: vn
November 27, 2013 1:10 AM
dare china???
Steven Warren. You deserve to be a hero. This action deals with chinese chidish action when they set up ADIZ. the world is looking closely at this event .Only America ,Japan,Nato, Australia .....can stand up to fight absurd, illegal claims by china, protecting shipping transportatin freedom. We all admire America really. God will support you in any war . I am sure .

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by: Tinhbay from: USA
November 27, 2013 12:26 AM
China speak like a little girl

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