For Wars of the Future, Pentagon Looks to Distant Past: the B-52

OVER THE EAST CHINA SEA—“Go back,” the Chinese air controller warned. “You are now approaching Chinese airspace. Turn around immediately or you will be intercepted.” The crew of the B-52 lumbering 100 miles off China’s coast rebuffed the warning that crackled through the radio, and the 60-year-old aircraft stayed its course. This was a bomber presence mission, a taxiing flight designed to demonstrate the U.S. military’s long reach and uphold the right of international passage in disputed airspace. It was also a window into the Pentagon’s plan to rely on…

Palace denies downgrading Sabah claim in deal over sea dispute

Malacañang denied on Monday a Vera Files report that the Philippines had offered to downgrade its Sabah claim in exchange for Malaysia’s support for its case against China before the United Nations. “Absolutely, no truth to that information that there’s a supposed quid pro quo to drop the Sabah claim,” said Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte in a text message to the Inquirer. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma confirmed the subject report’s claim that the Department of Foreign Affairs recently sent a note verbale to the Malaysian embassy in Manila. However,…