China Says It Let mber Planes Fly Through Disputed Airspace
中国称他们放美国轰炸机通过了受争议的领空The Chinese government said on Wednesdaythat it detected and monitored flights by two unarmed American B-52 bombersover a disputed part of the East China Sea onTuesday, but that it took no action.
The two American B-52 bombers flew through territory that was part of China’s newly-declared maritime air defensezone, where it has demanded planes register their flight plans andcommunications frequencies with Beijing eventhough Japanclaims sovereignty over the area. The American aircraft did not identifythemselves, the Associated Press reports. The Chinese Defense Ministry released a statementon Wednesday saying it had detected and monitored the flights for more than twohours. “Chinahas the capability to exercise effective control over the relevant airspace,”the statement said.
During a briefing in Beijing, China’sForeign Ministry said that its muted reaction was inaccordance with rules announced by the Defense Ministry, and that its responseto foreign aircraft in the zone in the future would depend on how large thethreat is, the New York Times reports.