Two U.S. B-52 strategic bombers enter China’s new Air Defense Identification Zone over disputed islands

Nov 26 2013 - 7 Comments

A flight of two U.S. B-52 bombers have reportedly entered the new Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over East China Sea on Nov. 25 without informing Beijing, according to a U.S. official who spoke to the Wall Street Journal.

The two aircraft departed from Guam airbase and flew close to the disputed islands without complying with any of the rules set by Beijing for the new ADIZ over Diaoyu Islands (known as Senkaku islands in Japan).

The question is: did China’s air defense detect them? Did they try to intercept the two B-52s?

The two bombers, unarmed and not escorted by any fighter plane, were involved in a previous planned exercise dubbed “Coral Lightening”.

Even if the U.S. has already flown “extended deterrence” missions in the Asia-Pacific region in the past, this is an unprecedented direct challenge to China and its threats to Washington’s local allies.

Image credit: U.S. Air Force

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  • Sunray

    Its not a new ADIZ unless we agree to it. China is pushing hard on many fronts and its just a matter of time before a real conflict takes place in the region. Numbers or Technical Superiority?
    Place your bets now.

  • Victorinox

    Guess they were flying the middle-finger formation

    • Michael Rich


  • wayne

    If they weren’t flying air banners behind them saying “Pussies!” I feel like this was a missed opportunity.

  • FoilHatWearer

    Cool. I’m sure Glowbama has already been on the phone apologizing to China and the general that authorized this will be publicly removed or retire “to spend more time with his family”.

  • SooKim475

    Just a few hard facts first:

    1. Japan had ADIZ since 1969, the area of Japan’s ADIZ is 5 times the Japan’s domestic territory area. While China’s ADIZ area is a fraction (<10%) of their territory area.
    2. US developed the ADIZ back in 1950.
    3. There are 20+ countries had their own ADIZ in this world, including Korea, Japan, RC (republic of China, Taiwan area), Phillipine, etc.
    4. China publicly acknowledged they may consider withdrawal ADIZ, conditionally on Japan withdrawal their 1st, after 44 years of Japan’s withdrawal.
    5. When Korea, Japan, RC (republic of China, Taiwan area), Phillipine set up their own ADIZ, none of these countries consulted China.

    What US should do is to patent the ADIZ back in 1950s. Then all the 20+ countries have to pay US loyalty for using the ADIZ system, including China.

  • SooKim475

    Take an east asia history 101, then you will know Potsdam Declaration and Cairo Communiqué said:

    “Japanese sovereignty shall be limited to the islands of Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, Shikoku and such minor islands as we determine.” As had been announced in the Cairo Declaration in 1943.

    Who is trying to change the rule set by world war II? Did the above wording clear enough?

    Only another world war can change the rule of world war II, just like a decision of a meeting can’t be changed by a few persons in a dark room without calling another meeting with all previous attendees invited. Whoever challenge the rule of world war II is an aggressor in this world. Whoever challenge the rule of world war II is calling or creating a world war III. Calling or creating another world war is more than a criminal action.