Chinese Naval Vessel Tries to Force U.S. Warship to Stop in International Waters


Bill Gertz
Washington Free Beacon
December 13, 2013

The East China Sea is just southwest of South Korea. Credit: Map-fan via Wikipedia

The East China Sea is just southwest of South Korea. Credit: Map-fan via Wikipedia


A Chinese naval vessel tried to force a U.S. guided missile warship to stop in international waters recently, causing a tense military standoff in the latest case of Chinese maritime harassment, according to defense officials.

The guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens, which recently took part in disaster relief operations in the Philippines, was confronted by Chinese warships in the South China Sea near Beijing’s new aircraft carrier Liaoning, according to officials familiar with the incident.

“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 said.

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