US says in talks to deploy long-range bombers to Australia

The United States says it is negotiating with Australia to station long-range bombers in the country, amid rising tensions with China over the South China Sea.

Lt. Col. Damien Pickart, a spokesman for the US Air Force in the Pacific, said on Tuesday that talks are underway for possible deployments of B-1 bombers and an expansion of B-52 bomber missions, Reuters reported.

“These bomber rotations provide opportunities for our Airmen to advance and strengthen our regional alliances and provide (Pacific Air Forces) and US Pacific Command leaders with a credible global strike and deterrence capability to help maintain peace and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region,” said Pickart.

The United States has currently no deployments of B-1 bombers in Australia, but it occasionally flies B-52 missions from the country.

General Lori Robinson, commander of US Pacific Air Forces, also said talks are under way to deploy American B-1 bombers and aerial tankers in…

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