A US Navy guided missile cruiser just narrowly dodged collision with a Chinese Warship on the South China Sea last Friday during what sources have described in CNN report as being a ‘highly unusual and deliberate act by China’.
CNN reports that the near-crash occurred around USS cowpens:
The American warship — which U.S. officials say was in international waters — was approached by a Chinese Navy ship. The smaller vessel peeled off from a group of Chinese Navy ships that included the carrier Liaoning.
The Chinese ship failed to stop, despite radio warning from the Cowpens that it was getting too close.
The Cowpens commanding officer then issued orders for an “all stop” when the other ship was less than 500 yards off its bow, a U.S. Navy official said.
The Chinese ship then proceeded.
A US military official who confirmed the incident said in the report that “It is unusual to have to take evasive action at sea to avoid a collision.”
“The Chinese knew what they were doing,” another US military official said.
China’s recently established ADIZ and its territorial claims involving international waters in the region, among other events, have resulted in escalated tensions between the countries as of late.
US Vice President Joe Biden expressed his concern over the matter while in Beijing earlier this month, saying that he was looking to China ‘to take steps to reduce the tensions’, which…yeah.