>> The US Air Force says it carried out training over the South China Sea this week. It comes at a tense time between China and nearby Taiwan. The Air Force announced the exercises on Friday. It said B-52 bombers took off from Guam, flying by the South China Sea before swinging back to Okinawa.
While the Air Force says this was a routine mission, both Taiwanese and Chinese media didn't seem to think so. In Taiwan there is speculation the exercise may be a warning to China. Beijing has been giving warnings to Taiwan to toe the line and has been flying military aircrafts around the island.
China claims Taiwan as its own territory and hasn't ruled out bringing it under control by force. However, Beijing fears the current president in Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, may push for the island's formal independence. Meanwhile, China's main state-run tabloid, the Global Times, had sharp words in a Friday editorial saying, quote, the US cannot prevent the mainland exerting pressure on Taiwan.
And that Chinese planes will, quote, fly closer and closer to Taiwan and in the end, fly above the island.