China Confirms Near-Collision With U.S. Missile Cruiser in South China Sea

Beijing claims Chinese aircraft carrier followed protocol

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Chinese naval soldiers are pictured manning their stations on China's first aircraft carrier Liaoning, as it travels towards a military base in Sanya, Hainan province, in this undated picture made available on November 30, 2013.

China has confirmed the incident in the South China Sea on December 5, in which a U.S. guided missile cruiser was forced to make an evasive maneuver in order to avoid collision with the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning.

Experts have called the near miss the most severe U.S.-China maritime event in those disputed waters since 2009, and Reuters reports that the United States has raised the issue at a “high level” with China.

China’s Defense Ministry insisted on Wednesday that its vessel had handled the situation “in accordance with strict protocol.”

The U.S. says it and other nations have the right to carry out routine operations in international waters, but China objects to U.S. surveillance operations within its exclusive economic zone.

[Reuters]

4 comments
ChinaLee
ChinaLee

The South China Sea is over one million square miles.

Why was the U.S. destroyer USS Cowpens within 30 miles of the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning and closing the distance?

The U.S. Mark 50 torpedo has a range of 10 miles.
The U.S. RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) has a range of six miles.
The U.S. Phalanx CIWS has a range of two miles.

Just how close did the U.S. destroyer intend to get within the Chinese Liaoning aircraft carrier?

oktrade
oktrade

If USS Cowpens ain’t sent to the South China Sea to intimidate Liaoning from High Seas Piracy then Captain Robert Marin got to be grilled by the senate. China is looking for new victims to kill to cover its US export deficit. After US government shutdown Chinese went into cannibalism-mode and began cooking Foetus, babies with noodles and started drinking human milk to alter their DNA Genomics. China is desperate for fiat that ain’t expected from USA. You Got to be Uighur to understand Chinese prejudice, chauvinism & bigotry. "all stop” Chinese Admiral Yin Zhuo said that Chinese action was intentional and that American ships sent to observe PLAN maneuvers would be "blocked". Pentagon spokesman Steve Warren said that American procedures had not been changed in light of the incident, but defense analyst Tim Brown said that it reflected "a growing willingness by Chinese to engage in potentially reckless behavior".