China has long proven to be a questionable ally, especially when it comes to dealing with the ever-belligerent North Korea.
According to reports, President Donald Trump authorized two U.S. bombers to fly over the disputed areas of the South China Sea on Thursday in order to show China that the U.S. will not be pushed around.
The U.S. Air Force said the two bombers were conducting training exercises with Japanese fighter jets in the nearby East China Sea.
“This is a clear demonstration of our ability to conduct seamless operations with all of our allies,” U.S. Air Force spokesman Major Ryan Simpson said.
Conservative Tribune reports:
The flyover comes on the heels of North Korea’s latest test on Tuesday of an intercontinental ballistic missile that is believed to have the capability of reaching Hawaii, Alaska and even the Pacific Northwest.
And on Sunday, a U.S. Navy destroyer, the USS Stethem, sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton, an island in the South China Sea claimed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan.
While Trump continues to engage in talks with China and other countries in the region to deal with North Korea, this latest flyover is yet another demonstration of the U.S. military exercising its “freedom of navigation rights” in the South China Sea.
The U.S. has increasingly grown uneasy over China’s blatant over reach in the region as it continually builds up its military facilities on South China Sea reefs and islands it has constructed to increase its strategic reach.
China needs to learn that there are consequences for enabling North Korea.
If they are unwilling to keep their lapdog in line, it is up to us to make sure that the North Koreans bend the knee.
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