U.S. flies aircraft into China’s new air defense zone

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A pair of U.S. military aircraft flew into China’s newly established air defense identification zone in the East China Sea without informing Beijing, a U.S. Defense Department official said Tuesday.

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“Last night we conducted a training exercise that had been long planned that involved two aircraft flying from Guam and returning to Guam,” Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters.

The move came after China set up the zone that overlaps Japan’s and asked the operators of airplanes flying in the area to submit flight plans in advance. The U.S. government criticized China for potentially destabilizing the security situation in East Asia. PNA

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