In a deliberately provocative move, two B-52 strategic bombers
on Monday (November 25) conducted a training mission along
the border of China's newly announced “air defence identification
zone” around the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea.
"The Pentagon’s claim that it was a routine planned mission
lacks any credibility," noted the Global
overflight was clearly designed to challenge China, in line
with US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel’s statement that the
US Air Force would simply ignore the Chinese rules in the
"The two B-52 bombers, which are designed to carry nuclear
bombs and nuclear cruise missiles,
flew from and returned to Guam, the key US base in the Pacific," the
Global Research further pointed out.
China’s decision to declare the identification zone was "a
response to Japanese remilitarisation under the Abe government,
encouraged by the Obama administration", and rising tensions
over the Diaoyu islands following Tokyo's attempt to “nationalise”
the disputed territory, observed the Global Research. "Over
the past two months in particular, the US and Japan have
strengthened their military alliance, including proposals
for Japan to develop 'pre-emptive strike' capabilities and
additional deployment of US warplanes to Japan."
What Obama has done not only unnecessarily
inflammatory, but very dangerous, and now his spokesman's
announcement of the training flight along the border of China's
newly announced air defence identification zone is
also addressed with threats and inflammatory language. Clearly,
the White House and Pentagon's intention is to provoke an
open conflict in the region.
A Hong Kong Phoenix TV report detailed
how the White House spokesman was questioned by its journalist
in terms of why Washington said nothing and did nothing when
a few months ago Japan dispatched patrol ships to waters
near the Diaoyu Islands and published a video declaring its
sovereign right over the territory.
Indeed. Isn't Obama's way to defy a so-called China "provocation" an
even more proactive provocation itself?
As China has already made it clear that to establish
the air defence identify zone is to identify aircrafts
flying over the zone so it can defend its air space when
required, as the name so suggested, and since the unarmed
B-52s were just traveling alone the border of the zone 200km
away from the Diaoyu Islands, why there is a need for the
White House to make such a big fuss by calling a media conference
to inform the world what its warplanes have proudly
accomplished? Does it make Obama look like a man too eager
to provoke but too coward to face a real confrontation?
Among Chinese public, the reaction towards the incident
is rather mixed.
While most people support the establishment
of the identification zone, some are angry over Washington's
action, some are upset over Beijing's none action, some
are pleased over the B52 game and thanked Obama for generously
spending his already limited fund on helping
China to inform the world where is the border of China's
brand new air defence identify zone (refer to B52s
flight path), and some are excited over a prospect of watching an
expensive divorce drama to unfold. According to China's
vice premier Wang Yang, China and America are not just
partners, but a formally married couple. "Til
Death do us part," he sort of promised when visited
his lover's homeland early this year, because, a divorce,
he said, "like
that of Wendi Deng and Rupert Murdoch, is just too expensive."
But, Heaven knows - some naughty Chinese say - we can't
wait to divorce that biggest rogue regime of corporation
in Washington! We sincerely appreciate Obama's powerful persuasion
that has assisted, and will keep assisting, China's strong
socialist patriots both within and outside the system to
further marginalize the hanjians (the Washington
allies) in Chinese society, they say.