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


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