China’s flying of a nuclear capable Bomber over the South China sea has been deemed by U.S. officials as a blatant attempt at a show of force to the Trump administration, in response to Trump’s conversation with the Taiwan President.
The Pentagon received an alert on flight Friday that it was the first long-range flight of a Chinese bomber along the S. China Sea demarcation lines since March 2015.
Fox News reported that Trump’s call with Taiwan’s President Tsai went against a long standing policy dating back to 1979, when American leaders stopped communicating directly with the Taiwan president.
China has voiced their anger at the direct conversation Trump had with President Tsai. Trump continues to defend his call.
U.S. intelligence satellites have also spotted China getting ready to ship SA-21 surface-to-air missile systems at the port of Jieyang, in southeast China. The SA -21 surface to air missile systems is a highly advanced system which an travel over 250 miles and can target both aircraft and missiles.
Although the U.S. officials are stating the Friday flight of the nuclear capable bomber was in response to Trump’s phone call, U.S. military’s Pacific Command, Admiral Harry Harris has warned the U.S. several times in the past year about China’s continued military build-up or “militarization” of the South China Sea.
According to Fox, this past August, satellite photos have shown China building at least two dozen hardened concrete hangers in order to land Chinese bombers and fighter jets as well as in-flight refueling planes. These buildings will greatly expand the reach of the Chinese military. In October, a US Navy destroyer sailed close to Woody Island in what the Pentagon calls a “freedom of navigation” operation. The Chinese called the act “provocative.” It was the fourth operation by the U.S. Navy in the past year.
China has also built over 3,000 acres of land atop reefs in the South China Sea in the past few years giving China three runways with several bombers and fighter jets sent to many of them.
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