China just flew long-range bombers deep into the Pacific — and it’s sending a message about what its military can do

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By: Armin Rosen

The East China Sea is one of the most potentially volatile flash

H-6 bomber ChinaReutersA Chinese military H-6 bomber flies between Okinawa prefecture's main island and the smaller Miyako island in southern Japan, out over the Pacific, in this handout photo taken on October 27, 2013, by Japan Air Self-Defense Force and released by the Joint Staff Office of the Defense Ministry of Japan.
H-6 bomber ChinaReutersA Chinese military H-6 bomber flies between Okinawa prefecture’s main island and the smaller Miyako island in southern Japan, out over the Pacific, in this handout photo taken on October 27, 2013, by Japan Air Self-Defense Force and released by the Joint Staff Office of the Defense Ministry of Japan.

points in East Asia. China, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Japan all have islands in close proximity to one another, while China has made vast territorial claims in the region at its neighbors’ potential expense.

Beijing has also tried to demonstrate its military superiority in the East China Sea in ways that appear calculated to unsettle its rivals. On November 27, China carried out an aerial exercise in which two bomber groups flew within a few miles of Japanese airspace before proceeding hundreds of miles deep into the western Pacific, according to IHS Jane’s 360.

The bomber groups were traveling within China’s extensive Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea, which Beijing declared in December 2013.     [FULL  STORY]

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