U.S. Nuclear Bombers Flyby Disputed Islands Amid Escalating Tensions With China

A U.S. defense official Monday told CNN’s Washington bureau that two nuclear-capable U.S. Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bombers flew very close to the heavily contested and militarized Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

The aggressive flybys come days after Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned of “consequences” if Beijing continues weaponizing the South China Sea, further accusing China of “intimidation and coercion” in the Indo-Pacific region, which he specifically made clear that Washington has zero plans on leaving the heavily disputed area.

His speech, well, it promoted an angry Chinese response during IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, a civilian and military defense summit in Singapore, where Lieutenant General He Lei told reporters, “Any irresponsible comments from other countries cannot be accepted.”

As we explained on Saturday during the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue,” The United States and China appear to be headed for a military collision in the Southeast Asia region.”

Beijing claims that most of the resource-rich sea, which overlaps claims from Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam, belongs to China. To reinforce such claims, Beijing quickly built artificial islands and erected military bases on Parcels and Spratly islands. Regarding trade, more than USD five trillion in shipping trade flows through the region per annum.

The U.S. defense official, who has classified knowledge of the B-52s original flight plan, said the operation called for two nuclear-capable U.S. Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bombers to fly roughly 20-miles from the militarized Spratly islands.

U.S. Air Force Captin Victoria Hight, a spokeswoman for U.S. Pacific Air Forces, told CNN that the bombers did not fly in the vicinity of the islands.

A Pentagon spokesperson said the Guam-based bombers were on “a routine training mission,” departing from Andersen Air Force Base “to the Navy Support Facility” at Diego Garcia Atoll, a British Indian Ocean Territory.

U.S. Lieutenant Colonel Chris Logan said the operation was part of U.S. Pacific Command’s “Continuous Bomber Presence” missions, which he explained are “intended to maintain the readiness of U.S. forces.”

“U.S. Pacific Command’s CBP missions, which have been routinely employed since March 2004, are flown in accordance with international law,” Logan added.

The B-52s operation to buzz China’s militarized islands came shortly after Mattis warned Beijing that “the placement of these weapons systems is tied directly to military use for the purposes of intimidation and coercion,” adding that “China’s militarization of the Spratlys is also in direct contradiction to President Xi Jinping’s 2015 public assurances in the White House Rose Garden that they would not do this.”

Last week, the Pentagon increased its rhetoric about China’s militarization of islands in the South China Sea, even as the Trump administration asked Beijing for cooperation on North Korea. When questioned by a journalist about the ability of the Pentagon to “blow apart” China’s artificial islands, Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff, told reporters, “I would just tell you that the United States military has had a lot of experience in the Western Pacific taking down small islands.”

Meanwhile, Beijing reacted to the threat via Pentagon statements. On Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the U.S. accusing China of militarizing the islands was, “like a thief crying, Stop thief!'”

“Why does the U.S. choose to sail every now and then close to Chinese South China Sea islands and reefs? What is the U.S. trying to do?” she said.

Last month, we reported that the U.S. Navy conducted its “freedom of navigation” patrols near the heavily disputed islands to demonstrate the right to sail through those international waters, which sparked outrage via Bejing.

From Mattis to Lt. General He militant jawboning this past weekend at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, to U.S. Naval warships and B-52s encircling the militarized islands, followed by China’s warning that any tariffs by Trump would kill a trade deal between the U.S. and China, it appears that Sino-American relations continue to plunge. It seems like the heavily disputed waters in the South China Sea could emerge as the next geopolitical and military flashpoint. Which, when one considers that according to the RAND Corp, and the IMF, China will surpass the U.S. as the world’s leading military superpower some time in the next 2 decades… As stated below, the trend is evident, Washington and Bejing are preparing for war.

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Oh regional Indian Harry Quant Wed, 06/06/2018 - 01:16 Permalink

That bramble or gebril in the zionista ass will not stop till shit explodes.

Again, the road to war is clear and the global populace is unable to stop it.

Unable or unwilling or subjugated, or propagandized or whatever.

For example, most Murricans will NOT want to know the truth of the Korean war. Too much cog diss... but the truth is out there and it does not match the modern narrative. In fact, seeing so many new zh'ers react like dumb sheep to obvious propaganda is such a tell...

A brutal game is what it is, a real simulation, if you know what I mean... simulacra, the map becoming the territory....

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pazmaker directaction Wed, 06/06/2018 - 08:22 Permalink

You ever stop to think that both are wrong?

 

This "islands" if you can call them that, are much closer to Brunei, Vietnam and Phillipines.

 

This is the case of one imperialist nation(USA) challenging another imperialist nation(China)

Granted it is in the backyard of China, but China has made a bold move here claiming them as their own.

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mark1955 mark1955 Wed, 06/06/2018 - 01:18 Permalink

ALERT!!!

My Fellow Americans, Please remember, ANY "Attack" ( EMP, Power Grid, Mass shooting, bombing, Chem/Bio/Nuclear etc., ) against the United States of America or our "Interests", will have been a "False Flag" launched against us BY OUR OWN GOVERNMENT or ISRAEL but Try to be Blamed wrongly on: China, Iran, North Korea, Russia to Try and create a pretext to:

                             1. Declare Martial Law/Curfew

                             2. Confiscate Food/Firearms

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Oldwood Eyes Opened Wed, 06/06/2018 - 04:15 Permalink

America truly is fucked... 

You're right. When Americans believe as you and so many do, that America is so corrupt as to be willing to false flag kill their own, that a truly communist nation who is openly breaking treaties, international law and their word is morally superior, then you are correct....America is FUCKED.  The progressives have done their job, EXACTLY as Alinsky and the Communists of the early and mid 20th Century said they would. 

You should be SO proud!

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Ace006 Oldwood Wed, 06/06/2018 - 05:05 Permalink

The true nature of communism and Jews' critical responsibility for it is one of the most closely guarded secrets of the last 100 years . Our media is saturated with nazinazinazinazi.  The holocaust (NS),  holocaust (NS) crap and "anti-Semitism " crap is all to to divert and conceal and exploit. Only Jews suffered and that's all you need to know. Yagoda the mass murderer ? Dude , please.

The horror of recent Chinese history should be a caution.

However,  if there's some kind of well thought out US policy on achieving a better world I'd like to know if it involves American hegemony and if we are to shoulder all burdens while the rest of the world recoils or laughs . Fvck the American Empire . Fvck European parasites .

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Fireman mark1955 Wed, 06/06/2018 - 04:58 Permalink

USSA will NEVER EVER pay its debt to China or the rest of the world. Time for China to pull the plug and flood the planet with blood spattered IOU Saudi Mercan fiat filth petroscrip toilet paper dollahs. The so-called "Treasury Bonds" will go to nothing and with the ensuing implosion of the Ponzi shitter on Wall St the unavoidable tsunami of toxic derivative crap will make the lava river in Kilauea look like a minor detail as the Potemkin Village (idiot) USSAN "economy" of anglozionazi genocide collapse$ and washes down the crud bowl of USSA'S disgusting and thankfully brief history of terror!

 

The Big Three, the writing on the wall...for those who can read

 

Neither a pot to pi$$ in, nor a window to throw it out

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Just another joble$$ bum in T Rumpville

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Grimaldus mark1955 Wed, 06/06/2018 - 08:00 Permalink

The Chinese communist pirates were always going to run into someone who would do what everyone else does with pirates-----blow them out of the water.

Look at the Indonesian and Argentine response to Chinese pirate fishing militia.

Chinese pirate everything and will push until stopped by gunfire.

The aggression is Chinese and everyone knows it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grimaldus

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any_mouse I hate cunton Wed, 06/06/2018 - 01:12 Permalink

"Nuclear capable bombers of 1960s vintage fly by disputed islands."

The Chinese are laughing at this, like the USA does at the Tupolev Tu-95 Soviet Bears flying near Alaska.

If anyone was serious about China as an enemy, then USA Productivity would not have been shipped out for oligarch profits to China. Conveniently, they shipped both jobs and pollution to China. Deposited the profits in Ireland out of reach of the USA.

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kralizec Frito Wed, 06/06/2018 - 08:53 Permalink

Congrats, the only post so far on this thread that isn't full of pretentious drivel...and it is a damn good movie quote.

As usual, most latter day ZHer's are as clueless to standard military ops as they are in the historical give and take over this patch of sea and conflate a man-made structure in this area with legitimate provenance irrespective of adjacent claims.

Makes me doubt their bona fides on fornication.

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helloimjohnnycat Wed, 06/06/2018 - 01:09 Permalink

A Pentagon spokesperson said the Guam-based bombers were on “a routine training mission,” ...

Routine DRAINING mission is more like it.

The buck burns here.

 

BTW :  Happy D-Day to the few remaining survivors. We know it wasn't right, but you guys going ashore were the bravest.

 

Battlefield USA Wed, 06/06/2018 - 01:13 Permalink

China, like all countries do, will make it's customary huff and puff. China also knows, that it could have put those B-52's into the sea.

 

Behind USA Bigly's back, they are laughing, and then yawning.

 

China really doesn't care. These islands are nothing more than future forward bases. A first line of defense, expendable, but necessary in the first line of defense of their mainland. Future Area of Denial to our fleets.

memento_mori Wed, 06/06/2018 - 01:20 Permalink

eventually chinks will make a mistake and shoot one of those obsolete planes and give a casus belli to trump to kick their ass , so they know who is the boss around here.