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Two U.S Bomber planes have taken a flight over the disputed region of the South China Sea. According to the U.S. air force, the demonstration of the bombing run, declared the privilege to treat the region as international territory rather than China’s own, as China is in the habit of assuming.

Other countries which claim a part in the disputed region include Malaysia, Brunei, Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. The region sees more than $5,000,000,000,000 worth of trade on the passing ships.

The flight was taken by the B-1B Lancer Bomber planes from U.S. Air force Base, located in Guam. The run occurred on July 6, just before U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are getting ready for a meeting on the occasion of G20 summit to be held in Germany.

The two great political leaders were required to talk about China’s role over Missile and atomic weapon programs of North Korea. North Korea recently tested an intercontinental ballistic missile on July 4. The Missile, according to a few weapon specialists has the capability to target Hawaii and Alaska and maybe the Pacific Northwest region of U.S.

Trump has been considering using China in an effort to dominate the North Korea. The U.S. military, staying apart from such political strategies, has clearly stated its “freedom of navigation” rights in the still disputed territory of the South China Sea, which has clearly irritated China.

The United States has opposed China’s building of military base on South China Sea reefs and small islands it has built. The U.S. is clearly worried that they could be utilized by China to expand its territorial threat.

The U.S. Lancers had also taken a flight over the South China Sea a month ago, from the same U.S. air force Base in Guam. Their flight was timed with a U.S. warship, which drilled 12 nautical miles inside of one of China’s fake islands, in the month of May.

Chinese Foreign Ministry representative Geng Shuang said there was no issue with navigational freedom or a usual over-flight over the East and South China Seas. However, he also said that China steadfastly restricts singular nations utilizing the standard of navigational freedom and over-flight, to parade military force and mischief China’s power and security, only for a show of power.

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US President-elect Donald spoke directly with the President of Taiwan, a move that has infuriated China and shows uncertainty over US policy towards Asia.
Trump is wooing countries having strategic clash with China. China charges that Trump’s policy amounts to collecting “protection money” by referring to his statement to make the US’s allies pay America for helping defend them. 

Giving an insight into his foreign policy, Donald Trump posted a tweet “The President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen called me today to wish me congratulations on wining the Presidency. Thank you!” This almost reverses US policy of recognizing ‘Taiwan-China as One China’ followed since Jimmy Cartar in 1979; rather the US President elect has made it clear to China that henceforth it will not follow the submissive diplomatic decisions of the previous administrations and the President of the United States of America will talk to whom so ever he wants in the interest of his country and nobody can dictate any sort of terms to the superpower. 

After China criticized US for taking the call of Taiwan, Trump retaliated via twitter by letting it know that it never consulted US for devaluing their currency and for building  a massive military complex in the South China Sea. 

He conveyed a clear message to China that Washington is going to get tough in its dealing with Beijing and the world should not underestimate him in handling the world affairs.  

Acknowledging that Taiwan has become militarily weak and economically ruined because of China’s policies and Trump has worked out a plan to upgrade the status of US representation in Taiwan thereby restoring full diplomatic relations with it.

President Tsai Ing-wen will meet members of Trump’s team while in New York on her way to Central America. 

Trump refuses to even entertain any interference from China in this regard and Communist Party authorities will be closely watching all the developments keenly.

Article Courtesy : Arti Bali, Senior Journalist & Analyst