Unarmed USAF B-52s flew into China’s Senakaku ADIZ from Guam, according to the BBC. The NYT and the Washington Post report the same thing.
“We have conducted operations in the area of the Senkakus,” said US Colonel Steve Warren.
“We have continued to follow our normal procedures, which include not filing flight plans, not radioing ahead and not registering our frequencies.”
He added that so far there had been no response from China.
The aircraft, which were unarmed, had taken off from Guam on Monday and the flight was part of a regular exercise in the area, a US defence official said.
The US – which has more than 70,000 troops in Japan and South Korea – had previously said it would not abide by the “destabilising” Chinese-imposed zone.
These developments have an eerie resemblance to the Cuban Missile crisis, which readers will recall, was precipitated by Krushchev’s perception of JFK’s weakness at the Vienna Summit of 1961.