US Air force 2 B-52 long range bombers flew very close to artificial islands built by China in South China Sea, which China
termed as serious and grave military provocation, as diplomatic tensions brewed in the disputed South China Sea waterway. China repeatedly insists that it has sovereignty and exclusive rights over all of the resourceful and rich sea, which have
conflicting claims by several Asian neighboring countries, where US aggressive Naval activity in the disputed area has angered Beijing several times in recent few months.
Two US Military B-52 heavy bombers transgressed Chinese air space in the morning of December 10, over the Chinese islands of Nansha without proper permission, explained Chinese defense ministry official, Nansha is Chinese name coined to the Spratlys Islands.
Such aggressive behavior is a serious and grave military provocation by USA which will complicate situation in the disputed South China Sea, eventually leading to heavy militarization of the disputed region, Chinese ministry warned in a statement.
During a regular mission by US military's two B-52 bombers, one of it unintentionally cruised within just two nautical miles of artificially built islands, published the Wall Street Journal quoting senior Pentagon officials.
Chinese defense ministry further said: "The United States military has repeatedly sailed military warships and fighters to exhibit brute force and to foment tensions in the disputed waters and Chinese airspace in the South China Sea.
China warned, Chinese military will boldly take all measures needed to safeguard Chinese sovereignty and security.
The US is openly criticizing China for constructing artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, and has always flying fighter jets and B-52 bombers, also sailed US Navy's guided-missile destroyer in close range of the constructed islands in recent months under the tag of Freedom of Navigation Exercise.
USA has clarified that China's attempts to change geographical structure in the archipelago of Spratlys, posing dire threat to freedom of navigation within international waters.
Chinese forces carried out war games in the disputed area last week, with fighter jets, warships and submarines deployed over a several thousand square kilometers area, quoted People's Liberation Army Newspaper.
China is in locked horn position with the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan over ownership and rights on Spratlys islands.