US bombers fly South China Sea

US military has flown a pair of bombers over the South China Sea, in an apparent bid to keep China’s military build-up in check.US aircraft carrier docks in Hong Kong.

Two Guam-based B-52H bombers flew near disputed islands in the South China Sea, for the “routine training mission,” “This recent mission is consistent with international law and the United States’ long-standing commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific

The US Pacific Air Forces told NHK on Wednesday that 2 B-52 bombers flew near disputed islands in the sea 2 days earlier.

They said the aircraft left the Andersen base in Guam and conducted routine training. They said the mission is consistent with international law and United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Last week, US Vice President Mike Pence reiterated the US stance to counter China, which is building military outposts in the key waterway.

Pence said the US will continue to sail and fly wherever international law allows and US national interests demand.

In a report released on Tuesday, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, or CSIS, said its analysis of satellite imagery shows China has built a new facility in the South China Sea.

The Washington-based think-tank said the imagery taken in July shows an offshore platform measuring 27 meters long and 12 meters wide on Bombay Reef in the Paracel Islands. The reef previously had only one lighthouse.

The report said the newly identified facility appears to be topped with a radar dome and solar panels. CSIS said its strategic location makes it likely it is intended to extend China’s intelligence collection capability in the area.

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