外文标题：China 'monitored' US B-52 air zone flights
Beijing (AFP) - China "monitored" US B-52 bomber flights in its newly-declared air defence identification zone, the defence ministry said Wednesday, in an assertion of its authority that avoided threatening direct action.
The flight of the giant long-range Stratofortress planes was a clear warning that Washington would push back against what it considers an aggressive stance by Beijing in the region.
The Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea includes Japan-administered islands at the heart of a tense dispute between the two neighbours.
Beijing's controversial demand that aircraft submit flight plans when traversing it triggered a storm of diplomatic protest, and the Pentagon said the B-52s did not comply with the Chinese rules.
But in a statement, Beijing's defence ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said: "The Chinese military monitored the entire process, carried out identification in a timely manner, and ascertained the type of US aircraft.
"China is capable of exercising effective control over this airspace."
If these would have been Vietnam or Philippines, how would China reacted?
They deliberately flew B-52s so the Chinese COULD see them on radar.
What if the Chinese shot down the B52? WWZ?
You know they did this just to see what kind of reaction they would get from the Chinese.
Put bombs on the bombers next time.
China is not going to do anything to American jets flying through the area, they put that zone up to mess with Japan. Seems to be working too!
China wouldn't dare attack a U.S plane. A war between us and them would be catastrophic. Immediately Russia, North Korea, and their other allies would get involved, and then our allies would too. And next thing we would be having world war 3. Chances of nuclear weapons being used would be great.
US was afraid if the aircraft is a unmanned drone or one of the steath ones, China may actually shoot it down. US is smart to fly the biggest plane so China can't make any excuse if it was shot down.
China didn't do anything but is it safe to fly aircraft in the zone like B-52? No one has the answer unless they tried.
Japan has forced Japan's airlines to fly through the zone without submit flight plans. This is so wrong using civilians to test the China's military. At least Japan should send one of the patrol plane there first.
I understand that they did this for a particular reason...but what if they DID encounter Chinese fighters and they fired??? Something small like this can escalate very quickly.
Levee En Masse
That B52 bomber is probably a lot older than you.
it is this kind of brinkmanship that caused world war 2 and almost cause world war 3. A thermo nuclear conflict that non could win.china lost one million troops in korea advocating the same antiquated policy of aggresion. when will those militaristic politician stop dreaming this wet dream that will only bring a nightmare to all these nations including china.
The outdated B52 is one of the AirForces biggest and slowest planes....Also has a distinct recognizable Radar pattern. We wanted to make sure that the chinese saw the planes...We know they won't shoot one down...Its a bluff of a bluff.
The US military knew exactly what they were doing. They do it to Russia too. Russia and China do the same thing to the US and each other on a regular basis. Probing and testing what reaction they get. Lots of posturing and condemning words, but everybody involved is smart enough to not escalate past that.
What reaction would the US hope to get from China? Maybe an increase from 0 % to 2% or more on US Treasuries! Lol
Both United and American Airlines have flights to Beijing and Shanghai. Will they comply?
One day there will be a miscalculation from which neither side will be able to get out of.
just a routine training mission. Don't jump to any conclusions. ;)
US - keep buying china goods, and order china goods, make china more financially healthy. There is lot other democratic poor country out there need work, and order from USA, but US gov. and companies keep helping China to make money --- US WILL PAY FOR THIS
Anyway, US paid the China goods with the money that China loans US !!!
China's Second Artillery Corps on standby. Chinese customary method is Posterior Strategy.
Next time, Ready to fire, shooting down B-25. "Not armed."
We used to do this kind of thing with the old USSR, it led to some scarey encounters at times.
Unarmed aircraft? A B-52? Kind of like pointing an unloaded gun at someone.
The Chinese backed the North Koreans and were the reason we could not win in the Korean war June 25, 1950 thru July 27 1953. After 7 million tons of bombs dropped on Vietnam 1955 thru April 30 1975 China backed North Vietnam won.
We started flying B-52's 60 years ago. What an amazing airplane.
I wonder what would happen if 2 Chinese war planes fly through the air defence identification zone in Hawaii.
I flew B-52s during Viet Nam, and they were old platforms then. It is a wonder an antique aircraft can inspire trepidation today. Of course they are updated continuously. I would have to be retrained to fly them today, but it's strikes me as funny the old plane I flew is still out there scaring the #$%$ out of the Chinese.
Just think about 70 years ago Americans were dying to kept China safe from Japan ,and now we are going on Japans side to keep everybody safe from China!
Who gave China the right to claim International air space?
Why would we notify them? It is not their airspace!!
Anglo, Christian, Male
It's called PROJECTION of POWER!