The Pentagon transferred to the island of Guam, located in the western part of the Pacific Ocean, a strategic bomber B-52N. This happened against the background of the large-scale exercises of the Navy of the People’s Liberation Army of China taking place in the South China Sea.
A bomber capable of carrying nuclear-powered cruise missiles and bombs made a Pacific flight from Barksdale air base in the US state of Louisiana.
On July 2, it was reported that the US Department of Defense expressed concern about China’s decision to conduct military exercises in the South China Sea.
On June 28, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that China refers to the South China Sea as its “sea empire,” and added that Beijing’s behavior is unacceptable.
According to the Secretary of State, the United States welcomes the position of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) leaders in resolving disputes over the South China Sea in accordance with international law.
On June 1, Beijing protested to the United States over interference in Hong Kong’s internal affairs.
On May 29, the Chinese government called on Washington to cease political manipulation of the Hong Kong national security bill. China is ready to take countermeasures, said the representative of the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
On the same day, US President Donald Trump announced plans to impose sanctions against officials from China and Hong Kong, who, according to Washington, undermine the region’s autonomy.