China’s latest attempt to claim disputed islands could easily backfire

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Days after China unexpectedly expanded the airspace where it insists on controlling military air traffic into disputed international waters, the US flew two long-range B-52 bombers through on a “routine training mission,” ignoring China’s new Air Defense Identification Zone.

Which raises the question: What exactly was China expecting to accomplish with this controversial move, especially at a time when tensions had been decreasing between the People’s Republic and its fellow disputants, Japan and South Korea? Article continues at