World View: U.S. B-52 Warplanes Challenge China's 'Sea Air Identification Zone'

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  • U.S. B-52 warplanes challenge China's 'Sea Air Identification Zone'
  • France to send troops to Central African Republic in 'chaos'

U.S. B-52 warplanes challenge China's 'Sea Air Identification Zone'

B-52 Bomber
B-52 Bomber

America has flown two unarmed B-52 bombers on a training mission in defiance of the "East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone" that China announced over the weekend. (See "24-Nov-13 World View -- In new escalation, China demands to control air space over Japan's Senkaku islands".)

China announced that all aircraft flying into the region would be required to identify themselves to China's military, and to provide flight plans and other information to China. China threatened military action against any aircraft that didn't comply.

According to the air force, the B-52s remained in the region for an hour. They did not identify themselves, and there was no confrontation of any kind.

China's announced identification zone stretches far enough into the East China Sea to include the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, one of the many regions that have historically belonged to China's neighbors, but over which China is demanding full sovereignty anyway. The U.S. Dept. of Defense has reaffirmed that it will defend Japan's ownership of the Senkaku Islands:

"We remain steadfast in our commitments to our allies and partners. The United States reaffirms its longstanding policy that Article V of the U.S.-Japan Mutual Defense Treaty applies to the Senkaku Islands."

The treaty was signed in 1960. CNN and U.S. Dept. of Defense

France to send troops to Central African Republic in 'chaos'

France announced that it will send 1,000 troops to the Central African Republic (CAR), where the United Nations is reporting "humanitarian chaos," with torture, massacres, rapes, summary executions and recruitment of child soldiers in violence between Christian militias and Seleka rebels who are mostly Muslim. French troops will work alongside a 2,500 strong African Union peacekeeping force that's already there, in an effort to prevent the violence from spreading to neighboring countries. France expects the intervention to last six months.

This would be France's second major military operation in Africa this year. It was in January of this year that France launched a massive military operation to drive al-Qaeda linked Ansar al-Dine terrorists from towns in northern Mali. ( "18-Jan-13 World View -- Did France kick a hornet's nest with military intervention in Mali?") That operation was only supposed to last a couple of months, but there are still active Ansar al-Dine cells, and the French are still there, with withdrawal now scheduled for February of next year. Euro News and France 24 and Reuters


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