Two U.S. bombers flew over the contested South China Sea on Thursday, a show of force in light of China’s insistence that it controls much of the international waters, the U.S. Air Force told one outlet Friday.
The Air Force directed two B-1B Lancer bombers from Guam to make the flight, following a similar flight they made over the same sea last month. The move was directed as President Trump prepares for his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping while at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told Reuters his government did not view the flyover as an issue.
Trump has previously met with Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. Trump had hoped China could broker a sort of peace deal with North Korea, which has sharply ramped up its missile tests in the past year.
This week’s North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile test put the world on notice and drew international condemnation. Trump is expected to discuss the situation with Xi, even as he criticized China’s continuing trade relationship with North Korea on Wednesday.