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Friday, July 7, 2017

U.S. bombers fly over South China Sea, challenge China

A pair of B-1B bombers flew over the South China Sea after leaving their base in Guam the U.S. Air Force said on Friday. They flew over international waters making the exercise totally legal as they asserted their right to be there despite China's false assertion that they own all of the waterway.

The bombers, B-1B Lancers, were conducting night training with Japanese fighters and arrived as President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping prepare to meet separately on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

Trump and Xi were expected to discuss what China can offer us in reining in North Korea's missile and nuclear programs, but if history can teach us anything, it's to not trust China to do anything substantial about the hermit nation.

North Korea fired yet an intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday and this has gotten as serious as cancer.

In spite of Trump cozying up to Xi to help pressure North Korea, the U.S. military has been flexing its muscles as it asserts its "freedom of navigation" rights in the South China Sea, risking the awakening of the "Sleeping Dragon."

When asked about the flight of our bombers, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said there wasn't a problem with freedom of navigation or overflight for the East and South China Seas.

"But China resolutely opposes individual countries using the banner of freedom of navigation and overflight to flaunt military force and harm China's sovereignty and security," he said.

So it's okay with them just as long as they're able to dictate who/what can fly or sail there. That's like the First Amendment as it pertains to speech with which one agrees.

"The Chinese military will resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and security as well as regional peace and stability," he added.

The U.S. has criticized the Chinese build-up of military structures they constructed on reefs and small islands in the South China Sea. We're concerned that China could extend its strategic reach.

The B-1B Lancers that flew in the night-time drills is the first time our two forces have conducted joint operations as such.