China unhappy with B52 flyover

B52 Bomber

A flyby of a Chinese-held shoal in the South China Sea by U.S. B-52 bombers sparked harsh words from Beijing on Wednesday, the latest sign in escalating tensions between the two military powers.

The near-pass of the Scarborough Shoal by the bombers, which China took from the Philippines in 2012, came days after U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis accused Beijing of “intimidation and coercion” in the South China Sea.

China Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying warned the U.S. on Wednesday against “hyping up militarization and stirring up trouble” at a daily briefing in Beijing, according to the Associated Press.




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