The Chinese leadership on December 18 accused the United States of provocations in the South China sea. The b-52 flew over the disputed Islands, which China claims as its.
The Ministry of defense of China stated that the United States consistently encouraged the escalation of tensions in the region, and demanded to take measures to prevent the recurrence of such incidents in the future.
The Pentagon, in turn, has not confirmed the incident. The us military is studying the approval of the Chinese side and note that the plane could stray off course in bad weather.
We are talking about the Spratly Islands, which are claimed by China, Taiwan, Vietnam,Malaysia, Philippines and Brunei.
According to the U.S. Department of energy, in the region of the archipelago are concentrated the richest reserves of oil and gas.