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Militarization and Construction in the South China Sea, Reported Facts on the Ground and on the Waters

Chinese Nuclear-Capable Bomber Buzzes Philippines’ Scarborough Shoal

Written by Anders Corr

Forbes, 17 July 2016 

China released a photo Thursday of a nuclear-capable Chinese bomber flying south near Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal). This is the latest salvo in a signalling war between the U.S. and China over Philippine territory.

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A Chinese H-6K bomber flies over Scarborough Shoal, which the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled on Tuesday belongs to the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone. The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) released the photo on their Weibo social media account two days after the ruling. Photo: PLAAF/Forbes

In April 2016, the U.S. sent A-10 Thunderbird attack planes over Scarborough. These heavily-armored “Warthogs” are not nuclear-capable planes, but rather designed for close-air support to ground troops. According to the U.S. Air Force, the A-10 missions over Scarborough promoted “transparency and safety of movement in international waters and airspace, representing the U.S. commitment to ally and partner nations and to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region’s continued stability now and for generations to come.” The Chinese H-6K nuclear bomber is a significant escalation in what has become a signalling war over the South China Sea.

Read more at http://www.forbes.com/sites/anderscorr/2016/07/17/chinese-bomber-buzzes-philippines-scarborough-shoal-in-latest-salvo-of-u-s-china-signalling-war/#3af029267ef2

Related articles: 

US Air Contingent in Philippines conducts first flight mission to South China Sea: https://seasresearch.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/us-air-contingent-in-philippines-conducts-first-flight-mission-to-south-china-sea/

Facts on the ground and on the waters: https://seasresearch.wordpress.com/category/south-china-sea-facts-on-the-ground-and-on-the-waters/

Militarization in the South China Sea: https://seasresearch.wordpress.com/category/events-and-analyses/militarization-in-the-south-china-sea/

 

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