The US military said two US bombers had flown over the South China Sea, claiming the region to be an international zone despite Beijing’s claims to sovereignty over the area.
Two B-1B Lancer bombers flying from the island of Guam in the Pacific overflew the South China Sea, a place of international tensions and the scene of repeated incidents between the Chinese Navy and the US Navy. At issue are Beijing’s claims to establish its sovereignty in this area, to the detriment of neighboring countries, some of which are Washington’s allies.
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A sovereignty that the United States is challenging. The US military does not hesitate to claim the “freedom of navigation” in the South China Sea and little need to provoke the anger of Peking.
“China strongly opposes countries using the pretext of freedom of navigation and overflight to show their military strength and undermine the sovereignty and security of China,” said the ministry spokesman Chinese Foreign Affairs.
Nevertheless, the latter claimed to have no problem with the overflight of the China Sea or the navigation of boats in this space.
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The maneuver took place a few hours before the opening of the G20 in Hamburg, where a bilateral meeting between Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping is to take place.