RT: US, Chinese warships nearly collide in South China Sea

Published time: December 13, 2013 21:51

(FILES) The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) (Reuters / U.S. Navy Photographer)(FILES) The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) (Reuters / U.S. Navy Photographer)

Tensions in East Asia spiked once again when a Chinese naval vessel attempted to stop a US guided missile warship in international waters in early December.

According to American defense officials, the USS Cowpens was conducting surveillance of Beijing’s new aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, when Chinese warships ordered it to stop in its tracks.

However, the Cowpens refused to comply with the order because it was in international waters. When Chinese ships responded by moving in front of the Cowpens and stopping in front of its route, the American vessel was forced to take evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision.

“On December 5th, while lawfully operating in international waters in the South China Sea, USS Cowpens and a PLA Navy vessel had an encounter that required maneuvering to avoid a collision,” a Navy official told the Washington Free Beacon.

“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.”

The Free Beacon also reported that official protests have been filed by the US government in Washington and Beijing, through both diplomatic and military channels.

According to military affairs expert Rick Fisher, the incident demonstrates that after two decades of building up its naval presence, China feels comfortable indicating that it will not accept an American presence in its region of influence.

“In this early stage of using its newly acquired naval power, China is posturing and bullying, but China is also looking for a fight, a battle that will cow the Americans, the Japanese, and the Filipinos,” he said to the Free Beacon. In order to maintain stability, he suggested that the US and Japan heavily guard the Senkaku Islands – which China also claims under the name ‘Daioyu’ – and refortify the Philippines.

The latest standoff between China and the US comes just a few weeks after Beijing declared a new air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea. The ADIZ included the Senkaku/Daioyu Islands, and required all aircraft flying through to notify China of their plans in advance.

The United States and Japan both stated they will not recognize the new zone, with the US flying two B-52 bombers into the area without notifying China of their presence. The US has, however, advised domestic airlines to comply with China’s requests for safety reasons.

Concerned that China’s ADIZ has Seoul in its crosshairs, South Korea recently expanded its air defense zone as well. The new zone places the disputed Leodo rock formation under Korean airspace. Beijing also lays claim to this area, which it calls the ‘Suyan.’

While President Barack Obama’s administration has repeatedly denied that it wants to contain China’s rise, Beijing is concerned that the US is attempting to surround the country with an allied front that includes the likes of Japan, India, and the Philippines. Earlier this year, Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and the two leaders declared the need to forge a relationship that avoids a Cold War mentality from forming between the countries.

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4 Responses to RT: US, Chinese warships nearly collide in South China Sea

  1. paulparker says:

    Appeasement previously failed dismally.

    Discussions and negotiated settlements in accordance with international legal principles is essential.

    ps. Ashok Sharma writing in CAPITALS is the same as shouting… as well as being hard to read, please use lower case.

  2. Bill says:

    Sorry but from my viewpoint and the worlds Japan and US look to be provoking a dumb ass war that nobody wants but the “little people who profit”(nothing big about them) on this pathetic display of ENCROACHMENT on China by NWO! They keep it up and they will pop another surprise over here like they when they parked 2 aircraft carriers within 3 miles of china mainland about a 11/2 to 2yrs ago and wouldn’t leave so China popped a submarine up outside San Diego harbor as a nuclear aircraft carrier coming into port and shot a EMP device behind the carrier and fried the whole elctrical system and it had to be towed in! Now if they were interfering in our territory like we are theirs we would be even more aggressive than China is here as they are showing tremendous patience! More and more our congress is showing it tremendous lack of standing in any arena!!!!

    • Jean says:

      Yup 🙂 Hugs, ~Jeanie. . . look, if the Dragon Family is Chinese, and if they have most of the money, do you think there will be war? They helped Neil for gosh sakes . . .

  3. Ashok Sharma says:

    THIS INDEED IS A VERY SINISTER DEVELOPMENT AND A BAD OMEN ENOUGH LOADED WITH A DANGEROUS POTENTIAL TO FLARE INTO A FULL BLOWN WAR BETWEEN THE BELLIGERENT STATES

    ALLIED MILITARY LINE UP OF WEAKER STATES LIKE PHILIPPINES, S KOREA INDIA WHO BE IN-LEAGUE WITH ANY OF TWO MAJOR POWERS US, OR CHINA GETTING THE FIRST HARD PUNCH WHERE IT WOULD PAIN AND HURT MOST. TENSIONS MAY MOUNT AND DARK HIDDEN POWER ELITES AND STATES WOULD DO ANYTHING TO MAKE THE CHAMBERS MORE HOT FOR A FINAL SHOW-DOWN OF A RIVAL-POWER, WHEREAS NONE MAY SURVIVE LONGER TO SEE WHO WON AND WHO LOST !

    ASHOK SHARMA
    WPND-INDIA

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