Official: U.S. B-52s flew over China's newly declared air zone
This May 26, 2010 US Air Force file photo shows a B-52 Stratofortress during testing of the X-51A WaveRider. Two US B-52 bombers flew over a disputed area of the East China Sea without notifying Beijing, despite China's bid to create an expanded "air defense zone, " US officials said.
November 26th, 2013
03:13 PM ET

Official: U.S. B-52s flew over China's newly declared air zone

By Barbara Starr

Two U.S. Air Force B-52 aircraft on Monday flew into China's newly claimed air defense zone over the East China Sea without identifying themselves as China would have wanted, a U.S. official confirmed Tuesday.

This follows China's move last week to announce a new air zone over islands that both China and Japan claim.

The flights of the B-52s would not be a departure from the United States' previously stated intentions. Since China declared the new air zone last week, the United States said it would continue with its own air operations in the region and not recognize China's new restrictions, which require aircraft entering the zone to identify themselves and file flight plans.

The B-52s, which flew from Guam and returned there without incident, were not armed because it was a training mission. The mission lasted for several hours, but the aircraft were in the newly declared Chinese air zone for about an hour, according to the U.S. official.

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    soon usa and britain will be dust 1 chinese nuke and all there mothers will be leveled china is going to nuke them all china is going to nuke ireland australia and norway also soon all europeans will learn what real power is 1 blow to the head and its game over all there mothers graves will burn to ashes.

    November 28, 2013 at 8:19 am | Reply
    • Lance Chambers

      Stop being so juvenile. Silly person.

      November 28, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Reply
  5. SayanIndia

    Operations of United States Air Force (USAF) Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) and Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) platforms would have sent even stronger message to the Chinese as they are valuable assets even in peacetime.


    November 28, 2013 at 6:52 am | Reply
  6. Michael Zibensky

    It s deliberate provocation of the Chinese. There was not a bit of training involved. lets hear it for the B-52, nearly 60 years old an still the backbone of the air force! Incredible.

    November 27, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Reply
    • Lance Chambers

      The fact that they are over 60 years old should tell us all something about US progress in this area – not that good.

      November 28, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Reply
  7. Marty

    Sure hope they keep buying our bonds!!!!

    November 27, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Reply
  8. California

    China changes the rules on this issue.

    IIRS changes the rules.


    November 27, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  9. Nash

    i need that 20 mile down bunker now

    November 27, 2013 at 9:08 am | Reply
    • WERTWERT32452345

      Thank you, Nash. Unfortunately, a war with China won't do any of us any good since both countries now possess nuclear weapons. Now you can see why getting rid of nuclear weapons is not such a bright idea after all. It'll lead only to another world war and who in their right mind wants that?

      November 27, 2013 at 11:02 am | Reply
  10. fedupwithla

    One thing we could do to improve relations is to bring more Chinese students over here, make sure that they enroll in mathematics, physics, and engineering courses, and to give them scholarships in doing so, and to hell with American students who try to do the same in their own country!

    November 27, 2013 at 6:34 am | Reply
    • StanCalif

      American students to China? We don't allow American students to study here anymore. Only the well off get the privilege today, and all the rich foreign students who can pay 150% or more of tuition.
      We have ruined health care here, now let's finish destroying our educational system!

      November 27, 2013 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • Alex279

      Chinese students are typically better in math and physics, so what do you expect?

      November 30, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  11. reality check

    The B-52's flew along the eastern edge of the zone for more than 2 hrs, never got close than 200km from the disputed islands. Is this a stunt or I was wrong?

    November 27, 2013 at 6:17 am | Reply
    • George patton

      Remember reality check, it's these kind of insane stunts that helped to start and then fuel WW1. Does anyone here think that WW1 was a good idea? I don't and neither is this fool stunt pulled by those idiots in Washington and anyone here who does needs to have their head examined!!!

      November 27, 2013 at 8:21 am | Reply
  12. retirement

    I want my TAX to spend on me. Not on ACA, Not on illegal immigrant, Not on someone else business. Lower the TAX for middle class.

    November 27, 2013 at 3:53 am | Reply
    • Alex279

      Just pay your taxes and stop complaining.

      November 30, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  13. mike

    last time I checked...we barrowed billions from who the boss now?

    November 27, 2013 at 2:23 am | Reply
  14. reality check

    November 26, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Reply
  15. rkfrom ny

    .this is nothing but posturing by china....china attempts to test the US asia pivot...Until US reacts and pushes back.. ..the People's Liberation Army is NO match to the US navy....they will back down.. Where would their economy be if they could not dump their sweat shop manufactured consumer products in US markets.

    November 26, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Don't forget rkfrom ny, that if the Chinese stop financing our huge deficit, the right-wing politicians in Washington will gut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security in order to make up the difference! Then schools and libraries will close, our infrastructure will deteriorate further and police and firemen will be laid off! Just who in their right mind wants that, rkfrom ny?

      November 27, 2013 at 8:26 am | Reply
      • weather2

        Get real. You know china needs our money so they can act like they are the big stuff. If we quit shipping in their products they would go back to the dark ages.

        November 29, 2013 at 2:51 am |
    • heretoseefunnycomments

      This is one of them.
      See my name.

      November 27, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Reply
  16. David Laidig

    Mmmmmmmmm The pentagon must not shop at Wal-Mart. Keep it up all you wingers untll China stops shipping to us. Then we will see!

    November 26, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Reply
    • Sand

      One can always hope

      November 26, 2013 at 10:38 pm | Reply
    • Torch Rivera

      Go ahead, China, Stop shipping your goods.

      November 27, 2013 at 1:40 am | Reply
  17. Derek

    Way to go, USA!

    November 26, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Reply
    • Torch Rivera

      We'll see who's the bigger bully! I'd rather stick to the one with democratic principles.

      November 27, 2013 at 1:41 am | Reply
  18. SecretSquirrel

    China just got told to sit down

    November 26, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Reply
    • Torch Rivera

      I believe this is like the hanky smack of a challenge!!!

      November 27, 2013 at 1:42 am | Reply
    • heretoseefunnycomments

      another one

      November 27, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Reply
  19. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    November 26, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Reply
    • oneway2life

      Everything you just said is factual, NOT!

      November 26, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Reply
    • Torch Rivera

      First don not hide behind an anonymous name, and second, LEAVE!!!

      November 27, 2013 at 1:43 am | Reply
    • Youness

      I would like to know where you get all these false claims. I'm a Muslim and I stand with USA. The true evil is Iran. They are starving there people. They rather build bombs then open their borders for humanitarian help. The Arab League supports the USA in the Middle East. Morocco just opened a new dialogue with America. In Afghanistan the tribal leader are urging their president to sign a new pact with America for their protection. Vietnam asked America to come back so they can be protected from china. I could go on with countries asking America for protection.

      November 29, 2013 at 3:04 am | Reply
      • regsphil

        I agree with you in the pacific american need it to protect the countries that need help by the chines bullying and harassing they neighbors. Claiming territories with out any proop of justification like there product of no origin just imitation by another country... of origin and put made in china...lets just the whole world complied not to buy product made in china and lets see......

        December 1, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
  20. Lyndsie Graham

    The right-wing thugs in Washington are again showing their utter contempt for international law just like the Germans and J apanese did in the late 1930's! It's heinous people like these who cause all these needless wars and bring on needless suffering to millions! This why we can't have peace!

    November 26, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Reply
    • what?

      What international law? China just declared that this so called "zone" is off limits, it has nothing to do with international law.

      November 26, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Reply
    • Torch Rivera

      Lyndsie, go and live in China!!! I prefer to spend my tax dollars on infrastructure and benefits to Americans. Do not even come here as a tourist.

      November 27, 2013 at 1:44 am | Reply
    • Nash

      International law??muhahahha-what r u talking about. Is chinese law international law now????

      November 27, 2013 at 9:07 am | Reply
  21. icansee4miles

    An insight from Amazon Kindle's new thriller, The Bahrain Protocol, foretold America's pivot away from the Middle East to confront China; read below.

    Looking past the Conference Leader out the window at the flag, symbol of liberty, the Aide said in a low voice, “America has no friends in the Middle East.” “We have been used to clean up other nation’s messes for a very long time, and the President has seen the price America paid for invading Afghanistan and Iraq.” He turned to look at the Conference Leader with a light behind his eyes, “The President wants to conserve America’s resources for the fight that is coming; the real fight, which will be with China.”

    November 26, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      This "upcoming" war that you're talking about is one that will produce neither victors nor vanquished since there will be very few survivors. Those who do will eventually starve to death anyway. Even without nuclear weapons, China can still beat us if we're foolhardy enough to invade them like J apan did back in 1937. Many ignorant politicians seem to be that foolhardy and want the rest of us to be, too!!!

      November 26, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Reply
      • rkfrom ny

        china is no match for US military navy and air force or technology...!!

        November 26, 2013 at 7:21 pm |
      • Random

        Almost a year ago, china hacked all of the design files of our tech. AFAIK they got everything. They have already fielded stealth drones, I still hope China is just testing boundaries and not really willing to start a war over those islands. Really at this second we could take china, but they will be our equals in less than 5 years or so.

        November 26, 2013 at 10:18 pm |
      • WERTWERT32452345

        Tell me Random, what makes you thin that we can succeed where the J apanese failed so miserably back in the 1930's and 40's? When they invaded China back in 1937, they too had vastly superior weapons like we do now. We Americans need to rid ourselves of both our ignorance and our superiority complex.

        November 27, 2013 at 11:07 am |

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