BBC News
December 20, 2013

China was “irresponsible” and “unhelpful” during the near-collision of a US warship and a Chinese naval vessel, the US Defence Secretary said.

Chuck Hagel said the Chinese boat cut in front of USS Cowpens on 5 December, and described the act as “incendiary”.

China, who described the incident as an “encounter”, said the incident was handled with “strict protocol”.

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