A Chinese H-6K bomber patrols islands and reefs in the South China Sea in this undated photo. XINHUA NEWS AGENCY
Reuters: China air force holds drills in Western Pacific for second time this month
China's air force said on Sunday it had flown more than 40 bombers and other fighter planes through a strait between Japanese islands on their way to drills in the Western Pacific.
Regular long range drills in the Western Pacific and patrols over the East China Sea air defense identification zone were for the Air Force to protect China's sovereignty and national security, China's air force spokesman Shen Jinke said, according to a statement posted on the Ministry of Defence website.
China drew condemnation from Japan and the United States in 2013 when it imposed an Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea, in which aircraft are supposed to identify themselves to Chinese authorities.
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WNU Editor: The Chinese announced only a two weeks ago that this was going to become a regular thing .... Chinese Air Force announces ‘regular’ exercises flying through key entryway into western Pacific (Japan Times).
Update: China's Air Forces Are Venturing Further Into the Pacific Than Ever Before (Popular Mechanics).