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.
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.
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/