Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

China's air force drills warn US, South Korea

China's air force drills warn US, South Korea

That being said, should conflict erupt on the Korea Peninsula, we'll quickly see how the chips fall.

F-16 and A-10 aircraft were being relocated from Osan Air Base to the South Korean base at Gwangju "due to adverse weather conditions", while the F-35s and F-16s were moved to Gwangju due to a runway problem at Kunsan, the 7th Air Force public affairs office said in an email.

-South Korean military exercises that North Korea has denounced as pushing the peninsula to the brink of nuclear war, as tension mounts between the North and the United States.

He also said the only remaining question is when war will break out, adding the country will make the US pay dearly with its own nuclear force.

U.S. B-1B Lancer bombers will fly over the Korean peninsula on Wednesday as part of a large-scale joint aerial drill being staged with South Korea this week, the South's Yonhap news agency reported, citing an unidentified military source.

The sheer size of the US-South Korea exercise, as well as the continuous American military buildup in the peninsula since the spring, may be taken by Beijing as indication that the US plans to do exactly that.


During the Korean War that began in 1950 and is still technically ongoing, China came to the aid of the communist Northern Korean factions against the USA and their Southern allies, repaying the fledgling North's contribution to their own civil war, which the Chinese Communist Party had only won the previous year with Korean communist help. By now, we all know that North Korea's been hard at work dong what they do best: Launching test missiles and fiery rhetoric. Is war with North Korea inevitable now?

It also labelled Trump, who has threatened to destroy North Korea if the United States is threatened, "insane".

The ongoing five-day drills involve more than 200 aircraft, including six U.S. F-22 and 18 F-35 stealth fighters.

Feltman, a former senior U.S. State Department official, is the highest-level United Nations official to visit North Korea since 2012.

"Series of violent war remarks coming from the US high-level politicians amid such circumstances have made an outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula an established fact", the spokesperson said. Feltman held talks with deputy foreign minister Pak Myong Gun on Wednesday.

There is also little hope that either the US or DPRK will accept China's proposal of halting war games in return for a halt to Pyongyang's weapons program, a policy known as 'freeze for freeze'.

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