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U.S. Crosses Disputed China Zone

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In this aerial image, Kuba Island, part of Senkaku Islands, is seen on May 15, 2013 in Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan.

Defying China’s recent claim over its new airspace defense zone, the U.S. flew two unarmed B-52 bombers over islands in the East China Sea without informing Beijing of its plans. The White House has called the announcement “unnecessarily inflammatory” and urged China to find a diplomatic solution to its dispute with Japan over the islands in question. The flight, a U.S. military official said, was simply part of a training exercise that was planned long before China announced its new airspace rules.