U.S. B-52 bombers buzz China’s expanded airspace as dispute with Japan escalates

TBergerWashington Times
Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences

In an escalating standoff reminiscent of the Cold War, China on Tuesday denounced a flight by two U.S. B-52 bombers over a contested chain of islands in the East China Sea without first alerting Beijing — just days after China unilaterally announced an expanded air-defense zone around the islands…

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“Recent Chinese moves to underline its claims to the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands have forced the U.S. to back Japan far more vigorously and openly than it would prefer.”

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