THINGS are getting crowded in the airspace about North Korea, Taiwan, Okinawa and the South China Sea.
Beijing’s been surging its combat aircraft into contested areas in a major demonstration of its strength – and as a warning to the United States and its Asian allies.
Beijing is being coy about exactly when and where it staged its demonstrations, choosing to reveal it had sent warplanes through “routes and areas it has never flown before” on the same day the US and South Korea launched large scale mock airstrikes involving 230 aircraft.
RUSSIA MAKES A MOVE
Two Russian strategic bombers along with two heavy airlifters carrying 81 military and support personnel have made the long flight across East Asia to visit the Indonesian state of Biak, Papua, to Australia’s north.
The Ilyushin-76 airlifters arrived at Frans Kaisiepo Airport on Monday and Tuesday. They were followed by two Tupelov Tu-95 bombers which were refuelled by tanker aircraft while crossing the Pacific Ocean.