US Bombers fly over Disputed South China Sea, Challenging China

U.S. bomber jets flew over the disputed East and South China Seas, a day before conducting nighttime joint drills with Japanese fighter jets over the area, the U.S. Air Force said Friday.

The move has angered China. The country claims sovereignty over the South China Sea. Air Force officials say the area is international territory and the mission was meant to demonstrate the U.S.’s commitment to the rights of freedom of navigation.

ABC News reports the training mission happened the day before President Trump met with the Chinese President at the G20 Summit in Hamburg.