Chinese Warship Purposely Came Within Yards From Ramming A U.S. Destroyer In The South China Sea (Update)

The guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur operates in the South China Sea in October 2016. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Quinlan

Virginia Pilot/Washington Post: U.S. destroyer nearly hit by Chinese warship in South China Sea

China accused the United States of flouting its sovereignty Tuesday after an American warship sailed near islands claimed by Beijing in the disputed South China Sea

A Chinese destroyer came within yards of the U.S. Navy ship Sunday, compelling it to switch direction in what American officials called an “unsafe and unprofessional” clash.

China’s Defense Ministry countered that the USS Decatur should never have traveled through those waters in its “freedom of navigation” mission, provoking Beijing to order a Luyang-class warship to force it away from the Spratly Islands.


WNU Editor: Here are five close China-US military encounters since 2001 …. Before the USS Decatur: five close China-US military encounters (SCMP).

More News On A Chinese Warship Purposely Coming Within Yards From Ramming A U.S. Destroyer In The South China Sea

US says Chinese destroyer came dangerously close to US ship — AP
Chinese warship came within 45 yards of USS Decatur in South China Sea: US — ABC News
‘Unsafe and Unprofessional’: Chinese warship sails within 45 yards of Navy destroyer — Euronews/NBC
Chinese warship in ‘unsafe’ encounter with US destroyer, amid rising US-China tensions — CNN
Chinese destroyer almost hits US Navy ship in South China Sea — Stars and Stripes
Chinese ship comes ‘within 45 yards’ of US destroyer in South China Sea — The Independent
‘Maneuvered to prevent collision’: Chinese destroyer chases USS Decatur in South China Sea — RT
Chinese Destroyer Imperils Navy ship with ‘Unsafe’ Move in South China Sea — and Stripes

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