Transcript for Tensions Rise Between U.S. and China Over Disputed Islands
Not at all. Rising tensions between u.S. And china. America sending b-52 bombers over disputed islands in the east china sea, a direct challenge to china's claims to control the air space. Abc's chief foreign correspondent, terry moran, in washington with more. Good morning, terry. Reporter: Good morning, george. High tensions over the high seas, for sure. This showdown between china and the u.S. Began when china staked a national security claim, out of the blue, really, to hundreds of thousands of square-miles of air space over the east china sea. And it was a muscular claim. It was their claim over the disputed islands. Japan says they belong to them. And china warned any plane flying into that zone must identify itself or china had the right to take military action. In response, the united states sent those unarmed b-52 bombers as part of a long-planned military exit through that zone. China didn't respond. Stakes are very high here. U.S. Ambassador to japan, caroline kennedy, just took up that post, issued a strong statement. He says that what china is doing here, staking this claim, undermines security there and increases tensions. And so, this is a real showdown out in the east china sea. You say the stakes are high. But we're looking at the photos of the island theres there. The u.S. Taking this very seriously. Those rocks are over a lot of oil and gas and fish. There's a lot of money involved here. And vice president joe biden is going to head to the region to try to calm nervous allies very soon. Terry moran, thanks very much.
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