B-52 bombers Flew Close to South China's Contested Islands
October 18 , 2018
According to Pacific Air Forces, on Tuesday, 2 US B-52 bombers flew close to South China's contested islands. However, according to the statement released, the bombers were doing what was a part of routine training. It further said that it was a part of Continuous Bomber Presence operations in the vicinity of the South China Sea, which has been carried out since 2004. However, it is not confirmed by the Pentagon, the islands that bombers flew by, but the latest tensions point towards the Spratly Islands.
Randall Schriver, the US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, stated that “Chinese have successfully militarized some of these outposts and their behaviors become more assertive and we're trying to have an appropriate response.”