|Chinese Air Force H-6 Bomber (File Photo)|
By: Paige Williams
WASHINGTON — China flexed its air power muscles last week near Japan and Taiwan in multiple exercises designed to hone its ability to operate over the sea, according to Reuters.
On its official microblog, the Chinese Air Force said its aircraft flew through the Miyako Strait, near Japan, and through the Bashi Channel, which lies between independently ruled Taiwan and the Philippines.
Japan’s Ministry of Defense released a response on Thursday after six Xian H-6 bombers flew through the Miyako Strait, calling the incident “unusual” but not a violation of their airspace.
The Miyako Strait lies between Japan's southern islands of Miyako and Okinawa, northeast of Taiwan.
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