Chinese Vessel Skids By U.S. Ship

    A Chinese soldier stands guard as guided missile cruiser USS Vandegrift
arrives in the south China port of Zhanjiang September 22, as part of
growing Sino-U.S. military exchanges. The USS Cowpens and USS
Vandegrift and their more than 600 crew members, part of the USS Kitty
Hawk's carrier group based in Yokosuka, Japan, visited Zhanjiang, home
of China's southern fleet to strengthen the bonds of friendship between
the two countries. REUTERS/China Photo


    Reuters,© Reuters Photographer / Reuters

    China’s high seas bullying continues as an American missile warship, moving lawfully through the South China Sea, was confronted by a Chinese warship, narrowly avoiding a collision. “This incident underscores the need to ensure the highest standards of professional seamanship, including communications between vessels, to mitigate the risk of an unintended incident or mishap,” a Navy official said. The Pentagon has been concerned about such potential run-ins ever since China declared ownership over a disputed air defense zone in the East China Sea this month.

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