Two U.S. military aircraft flew into China’s newly claimed and challenged air defense zone over the East China Sea, CNN reported Tuesday, citing a U.S. official. The large unarmed United States Air Force B-52 planes set off Monday from Guam and returned without incident, staying in China’s newly declared air zone for about an hour, the report said. The planes’ pilots did not identify themselves upon entering the disputed airspace, as China would have wanted, according to the official. The flights came two days after China announced the creation of a so-called “Air Defense Identification Zone” over several islands it and Japan both claim.
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