The U.S. sent two nuclear-capable B-52H bombers over the South China Sea on Wednesday, marking the second time this month that the bombers flew over the region.
Such Air Force missions are often derided by China, which says the U.S. is needlessly causing tension between the countries.
The flights to the South China Sea came just weeks after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured the Philippines that the United States will come to its defense in the event of a conflict in the South China Sea…
U.S. Indo-Pacific Command chief Adm. Philip Davidson reportedly said last week that there was a rise in the activity by the Chinese military in the region over the last year, the Japan Times reported.
“It’s building, it’s not reducing in any sense of the word,” Davidson was quoted as saying. “There has been more activity with ships, fighters and bombers over the last year than in previous years, absolutely.”