This week just as major Chinese live-firing naval drills were being conducted north of Taiwan, the US flew three of B-2 stealth bombers to its Diego Garcia base in the Indian Ocean.
H/T: Zero Hedge
British daily The Times describes that the American bomber movements were to address the growing Chinese threat over Taiwan on the very eve the PLA drill kicked off: "It is the first time the nuclear-capable strategic bombers have been sent to the remote island since 2016, in an indication of the growing concern about China’s intentions towards Taiwan," according to a report Thursday.
US sends stealth bombers to counter Chinese threat https://t.co/GWKV0HgGtp— Niraj Warikoo (@nwarikoo) August 14, 2020
USAF B-2As REAPR11 flight of 3 departed Whiteman AFB, Missouri for Diego Garcia Air Base (Indian Ocean) via the Pacific Ocean and overflight of northern Australia.— Aircraft Spots (@AircraftSpots) August 11, 2020
Multiple USAF tankers will support the bombers throughout the flight. pic.twitter.com/YWaJBvzF4N
US surveillance aircraft appearing like commercial airliner constantly fly near China. They even follow civil aviation flights to confuse Chinese radars. This poses a threat to safety of civil aircraft over the South China Sea. It’s shameful for the US military to do so. pic.twitter.com/MHRDuJklCW— Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@HuXijin_GT) August 12, 2020
🇨🇳Chinese military recently held drills directed at #Taiwan secessionist. The drills were a ‘necessary action’ to safeguard sovereignty. Confirmed by Senior Colonel Zhang Chunhui, spokesman for the Eastern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army #PLA. #China (Pic: File) pic.twitter.com/7qJYSKGxdb— Shen Shiwei沈诗伟 (@shen_shiwei) August 13, 2020
Demonstration of Intent— gab.ai/TheCol🇮🇳 (@desertfox61I) August 13, 2020
US deploys nuclear-capable stealth bombers to Indian Ocean airbase
In midst of intense military manoeuvring by #CCPChina's PLA
As Beijing finds itself increasingly at odds with not only the US, but also Taiwan and India.
Three B-2A dual-capable heavy bombers have landed in Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. https://t.co/gHAPfmozEA— Hans Kristensen (@nukestrat) August 13, 2020
Each B-2A can carry up to 16 B61-7, B61-11, and/or B83-1 bombs. In a few years, they will be equipped with the new and more accurate B61-12 bomb. pic.twitter.com/dsiUUVQi7B
Trio Of B-2 Stealth Bombers Deploy To The Remote Island Outpost Of Diego Garcia - puts them well within reach of hotspots in the Middle East and Asia. https://t.co/kiEJJZqFY8— γνῶθι σεαυτόν 🇺🇸 (@nemo_777_) August 14, 2020
Missouri-based bombers deploy to Diego Garcia for B-2 Spirit task force mission https://t.co/aP0i0SJT9H— GM (@GM27263832) August 13, 2020