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Tensions grow as US bombers fly over the South China sea

A US military official told CNN on Friday that the two bombers flew between two Chinese claimed features in the Spratly Islands, claims unrecognized by China's neighbors and the US government.

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Officials told CNN that the Chinese military did not intercept the US aircraft during their mission.
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US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bombers flew over the South China Sea earlier this week on a training mission, according to the American military.

The bombers took off on Tuesday from Andersen Air Force Base on the island of Guam, according to a statement from US Pacific Air Forces, which oversees air operations in the region.

The flight also involved additional training with F-15 Strike Eagle jets in the vicinity of Okinawa, Japan. The training mission was part of the US Air Force’s routine “Continuous Bomber Presence” in the region.

A US military official told CNN on Friday that the two bombers flew between two Chinese claimed features in the Spratly Islands, claims unrecognized by China’s neighbors and the US government.

China has long claimed the South China Sea as their own
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China has used these geographic features in the Spratlys to build man-made islands, some of which Beijing has equipped with military facilities.

Officials told CNN that the Chinese military did not intercept the US aircraft during their mission.

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Asked about the purpose of these islands, the Trump administration’s nominee to head the US military’s Pacific Command, Adm. Phillip Davidson told Congress this month that China was using these islands to exercise control over the South China Sea.

“China has long claimed the Sea as their own,” he said.

“It is my belief that they intend to establish the military structure that will help them control the air and sea lanes through that region of the world.” (IANS)

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Apple Music On Lead Over Its Rival Spotify In All Market: Report

Trial users were not part of the comparison, the report added.

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Apple Music now has more than 45 million subscribers world-wide, with an additional 5-10 million free trial users.
Apple Music now has more than 45 million subscribers world-wide, with an additional 5-10 million free trial users. Pixabay

With more than 20 million paying users in the US, Apple Music has just taken the lead over its rival Spotify in an all-important market, the media reported.

Spotify still leads outside of the US, tallying 75 million subscribers as part of its first earnings report in May.

“The source, a US-based, major distributor, shared a report detailing the subscriber tallies of several streaming music services, including Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, and Sirius XM. That report now ranks Apple Music as first in the US, at least among primarily on-demand music streaming services,” the Digital Music News recently reported.

Spotify Music still leads outside of the US, tallying 75 million subscribers as part of its first earnings report in May.
Spotify Music still leads outside of the US, tallying 75 million subscribers as part of its first earnings report in May. Pixabay

The data for 2018 also shows that Apple is experiencing a far stronger rate-of-growth in the US, suggesting a wider lead over the coming months.

Trial users were not part of the comparison, the report added.

Apple Music now has more than 45 million subscribers world-wide, with an additional 5-10 million free trial users.

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The iPhone maker’s free trials last about three months while Spotify says it has more than 70 million paying subscribers globally, with roughly 160 million overall users. (IANS)