US flies B-52 bombers near contested islands in the South China Sea


Wednesday 21 November 2018 | 2:15 PM Damascus Local Time

Agencies (Qasioun) - Two US B-52 bombers flew near contested islands in the South China Sea Monday, according to US Pacific Air Forces.


"Two US Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bombers departed Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and participated in a routine training mission" in "the vicinity of the South China Sea," US Pacific Air Forces said in a statement.


"This recent mission is consistent with international law and United States' long-standing commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific," the statement added.


While the US routinely flies bombers in the vicinity of the South China Sea as part of its long standing "Continuous Bomber Presence" missions, Beijing is particularly sensitive about the presence of US military forces near areas where the Chinese government has built islands and established military facilities on disputed maritime features.


Source: CNN