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ON A KNIFE-EDGE: US to deploy BOMBERS close to China border as tensions flare

THE US are set to deploy long-range bombers close to the Chinese border as tensions between the powerhouses reach boiling point.


US officials are currently seeking to strike a deal with Australia that will see its military forces temporarily based in the North of the country, near to the fiercely disputed South China Sea.

The highly contentious area is mostly claimed by Beijing but Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have all staked claims in parts of the sea.

Tensions between the US and China have already increased after the US Navy sailed near the disputed islands – pushing the limits of the Asian superpower.

China then stoked the fires between the countries by deploying advanced missiles, fighters and radar equipment on islands in the South China Sea.

US defence secretary Ash Carter last week warned of “specific consequences” if China takes “aggressive” action in the region.

General Lori Robinson said the US will continue to


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