US Bombers Enter Chinese Air Defense Space during Naval Exercises

The US sent two bombers into the Chinese air defense identification zone (ADIZ) while the latter was performing naval exercises in the East China Sea.

The US sent two B1-B  bombers into the Chinese air defense identification zone (ADIZ) while the latter was performing naval exercises in the East China Sea. 

Aircraft spotting account Aircraft Spots’ tweeted “USAF B-1Bs MAZER01 & 02 departed Andersen AFB, Guam en route to the East China Sea. Aerial Refueling with USAF KC-135Rs PEARL21 & 22 in the block FL190-230.”

The bomber flight path also came close to entering the northeast corner of Taiwan’s ADIZ. 

B1Bs  are not known for being deployed on spying missions which could mean that the deployment had another purpose.

According to international rules, military aircraft flying over air defense zones should notify the relevant authorities before doing so but since Chinese waters are disputed, the US does not do so. 

The PLA drills that were being conducted at that time were announced indirectly by China’s Maritime Safety Administration which extended a no-go zone from the southern tip of the Yellow Sea to waters near Hainan Island. 

China’s defense ministry has not yet given a statement on the alleged intrusion. 

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