China ‘sends message to Trump’ by flying nuclear-capable bomber over South China Sea for the first time since The Donald’s controversial phone call with Taiwan’s leader

Saturday, December 10, 2016
By Paul Martin

Chinese H-6 bomber was escorted by fighter jets over disputed South China Sea
Pentagon officials say move was meant to send a message to Donald Trump
Satellites also detect Chinese surface-to-air missiles being placed on an island
Maneuvers come against backdrop of tensions stoked by call with Taiwan leader

10 December 2016

China flew a long-range bomber capable of carrying nuclear weapons over the South China Sea in recent days, according to US officials.

The move appears to be Beijing’s way of flexing its military muscles in a worrying show of force that officials in Washington say is a message to President-elect Donald Trump, Fox News reported on Friday.
For the first time since Trump upended decades of diplomatic protocol and spoke on the phone with the leader of Taiwan, China flew aircraft over an area that includes disputed islands which it claims as its own.

The flight route corresponded to the so-called ‘Nine-Dash line,’ the demarcation boundary used by China to mark a number of islands that are also claimed by neighboring countries, including Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei.

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