A group of four U.S. B-52H Stratofortress strategic bombers has been redeployed to an air base on the island of Guam in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Pacific Command announced Jan. 30.
According to Mehrnews, the transfer of bombers to the region is probably associated with the uneasy relations between Washington and Beijing.
Before landing, one of the aircraft flew over disputed waters and islands in the South China Sea, the ownership of which China is claiming.
A U.S. Navy carrier strike group led by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) is currently in the area of the South China Sea.
On January 24, the new head of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, in a conversation with Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said that the U.S. is ready to defend the Senkaku Islands, the territorial ownership of which is disputed by China.
The islands are the subject of a territorial dispute between China and Japan. According to Tokyo’s version, they have belonged to Japan since 1895, while Beijing claims that on maps dating back to 1783 and 1785 they are marked as Chinese territory under the name Diaoyu.