China has deployed its one and only aircraft carrier
after two unarmed American B-52 bombers flew over a disputed island
chain and through what China insists is restricted airspace.
U.S. defense officials told NBC News that the Chinese had not
engaged in a provocative act or made any demands against American
or Japanese military in the region. Japan and China both claim the
island chain, in the East China Sea.
Internet users in China have
reportedly taken to mocking the ruling Communist Party as a
laughing stock for declaring an “air defense zone” and then having
it breached almost immediately, though the Chinese Internet being a
highly censored and controlled place, such mocking may be a set up
to justify more action.
Never fear, though,
Joe Biden is on it. So maybe everyone can find some common
ground by laughing at something else.
from Hit & Run http://reason.com/blog/2013/11/27/china-sends-its-only-aircraft-carrier-to