China recently declared a no-fly zone over some areas it designated in the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands near it and Japan. Two United States B-52s had flown over the islands, which is seen by many and China as a deliberate act of “daring” the Asian country to defend itself.
On Wednesday, China had sent in an aircraft carrier. Some analysts said that it is possible that the increasing tension in the islands could result to a massive conflict if no countries stop “showing off”.
According to Chinese Defence Spokesman Geng Yansheng, the Chinese military had monitored the movements of the US aircrafts and carried out its identification in a proper and timely manner. Yansheng also iterated that China could exercise complete control over the airspace if needed. It was the first Chinese response against the US action.
China is sending a carrier group to the Scarborough shoal islands, which the country is disputing against the Philippines. The group is said to be conducting military exercises and scientific experiments. Two other aircraft carriers will also be conducting “routine training exercises” in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.
The Senkaku/Diaoyu island conflict and other island conflicts in the previous year had raised China’s notoriety in territorial disputes, much to the chagrin of neighbouring and western countries.