China deploys jets as US warplanes enter disputed air space –’Leave immediately!’
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The US military deployed two supersonic heavy bombers over the East China Sea on Tuesday. According to tracking data, the US Air Force B-1Bs MAZER01 and MAZER02 ventured into China’s air defence identification zone during a routine re-fuelling mission.
The jets – which can travel in excess of 900mph – were dispatched from the Anderson Air Force Base in Guam – a remote Island territory in the Western Pacific.
During the mission the aircrafts were re-fuelled by two KC-135 Stratotankers situated in the Philippines Sea, according to flight tracker Aircraft Spots.
The brief spell in Chinese airspace sent alarm bells ringing at the control centre of the Chinese military.
The People’s Liberation Army Air Force swiftly dispatched two of its own jets to ward-off the perceived threat, according to a video shared on microblogging platform Weibo.
A short piece of footage has since emerged of what appears to be a radio transmission from air traffic control to and officials in Japan.
Voices from one of the Chinese Air Force aircraft can reportedly be heard ordering the foreign jets to “leave immediately”.
The incident comes on the same day China sent its own war planes into Taiwan’s airspace.
It is understood the US fighter planes also came very close to entering Taiwan – and Island nation Beijing regards as a wayward province.
Ties between the US and Taiwan have increased in recent months following a landmark arms deal – in a move likely to further strain relations between Washington and Beijing.
Last month, the Pentagon approved a £1.4billion arms deal – comprising of three weapons systems, including rocket launchers, sensors and artillery.
Taiwan hopes to continue its close cooperation with the US during the Presidency of Joe Biden.
The island’s de facto US ambassador Antony Blinken held talks with Hsiao Bi-khim, Taiwan’s representative in Washington over the weekend.
She said: “Appreciated bipartisan support for US relations with Taiwan and hope to continue close cooperation with the US in coming years.”
On Thursday, China’s President Xi Jinping will be among the speakers at the Asia-Pacific virtual summit.
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In a clear sign of strained relations, outgoing US President Donald Trump has decided to skip the event.
Washington is also yet to name a head of delegation for this summit.
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