The US Air Force flew bombers in a training mission over the South China Sea where the Chinese government has built build man-made islands, some of which are equipped with military facilities.
The islands are known as the Spratly Islands, which are a disputed territory. China has claimed them as their own, however their neighbors and the US does not recognize its claim.
The pair of US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bombers' training exercise is part of what the US Air Force's program known as the 'Continuous Bomber Presence' in the region, according to CNN.
The bombers took off from Anderson Air Force Base on the island of Guam.
'Continuous Bomber Presence (CBP) missions are intended to maintain the readiness of U.S. forces,' the Pacific Air Forces statement said, according to The Hill. 'The U.S. Pacific Command's CBP missions, which have been routinely employed since March 2004, are in accordance with international law.'
While the US does not typically get involved in territorial disputes, this particularly heavily trafficked waterway must remain open and unmilitarized.
The training exercise also involved F-15 Strike Eagle jets in the vicinity of Okinawa, Japan.
The bombers took off from Andersen Air Force Base on the island of Guam according to a statement from US Pacific Air Forces, which oversees air operations in the region. The flight also involved additional training with F-15 Strike Eagle jets in the vicinity of Okinawa, Japan. The training mission was part of the US Air Force's routine 'Continuous Bomber Presence' in the region.
Concerns over China's apparent attempt to control the South China Sea were expressed this month, when US military's Pacific Command, Adm. Phillip Davidson told Congress that the country was using the islands for military purposes.
Meh....., Northern Virginia, United States, about an hour ago
Gotta love the BUFF (look it up) still in service since 1955.
ChaseChase, San Jose, United States, about an hour ago
Go home US! Its too far away for you being a world police
HKer, Hong Kong, China, about 4 hours ago
The US snatched dozens of islands in the Pacific. Now it threatens China for building an island. It parallels a greedy well-armed bandit threatening a diligent worker.
jxgrab, Bethlehem, United States, 5 hours ago
B-52 Stratofortress, bombing the hell out of commies, Since 1955
peter, eastleigh, United Kingdom, 5 hours ago
They should have dropped plastic for recycling that they refused to take back.
BigBangSheldon, Harrogate, United Kingdom, 5 hours ago
Why don't the US build one next to it, and be noisy neighbors!???