China flies nuclear bomber to ‘send a message’ to Donald Trump

Flying your warplanes where you shouldn’t fly your warplanes – it’s the thing to do for slightly pissed-off world superpowers these days.

And judging by the latest news, China have been quick to follow the trend following US President-elect Donald Trump’s chinwag with the President of Taiwan the other week.

Trump’s 10-minute phone call with President Tsai Ing-wen was the first between a US President-elect or President since Jimmy Carter switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China back in 1979, where he acknowledged Taiwan as part of ‘One China’.

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It’s safe to say that this has ruffled a few feathers in Beijing, with China opting to fly a nuclear bomber along the disputed ‘nine-dash line’ around the South China Sea.

Speaking to Fox News, US officials said that the decision to fly the Xian H-6 bomber over the area was made to send a message to the incoming administration in Washington. The Pentagon was made aware of the flight – the first long-range flight of a Chinese bomber along the line of demarcation since March of 2015 – on Friday. Unlike previous Chinese flights over the line, this one is said to have ventured much further.

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As Fox point out, this isn’t the only China-related cloud on Trump’s horizon. American intelligence satellites have also spied China preparing to ship more advanced surface-to-air missiles to its contested islands in the South China Sea.

Perhaps this is what he and Kanye were talking about the other day?