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Excerpt: "The USS Cowpens, a guided missile cruiser, was forced to maneuver to avoid a collision with the Chinese ship that had crossed directly in front of it and halted, according to naval officers and defense officials."

This US Navy photo shows an F-18 as it launches from the flight deck of the US.Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73)in the South China Sea on November 14, 2013. (photo: AFP/Liam Kennedy)
This US Navy photo shows an F-18 as it launches from the flight deck of the US.Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73)in the South China Sea on November 14, 2013. (photo: AFP/Liam Kennedy)

US, Chinese Warships Nearly Collide in S. China Sea

By Agence France-Presse

15 December 13


hinese naval vessel came dangerously close to a US warship during a tense incident in the South China Sea last week, US military officials said Friday.

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The USS Cowpens, a guided missile cruiser, was forced to maneuver to avoid a collision with the Chinese ship that had crossed directly in front of it and halted, according to naval officers and defense officials.

China's amphibious dock ship came less than 500 yards (meters) from the American warship, a defense official said.

"This encounter happened in international waters in the South China Sea on Dec. 5," the defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said in an email.

"Eventually, effective bridge-to-bridge communication occurred between the US and Chinese crews, and both vessels maneuvered to ensure safe passage," the official said.

The official said the Cowpens had been "in the vicinity" of China's new aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, when the incident occurred.

The stand-off ended peacefully but underscored tensions between the United States and China, which escalated after Beijing last month declared an expanded "air defense identification zone" in the East China Sea.

Last week's confrontation occurred in the strategic South China Sea, where Beijing has aggressively moved to push for control over territory claimed by other countries in the region.

The US military has repeatedly vowed to keep operating in international waters and airspace, and has increased its presence in Southeast Asia over the past year as a counter-balance to Beijing's more assertive regional stance.

China has declared an economic exclusion zone in part of the western Pacific, but the United States considers the area international waters beyond Beijing's control.

US military leaders have warned that China's air defense zone could aggravate tensions and possibly trigger a dangerous incident.

Washington has refused to recognize the air zone and flew a pair of B-52 bombers through the area without notifying Beijing in advance.

The defense official renewed calls for bolstering military relations between the two countries to prevent misunderstandings.

"US leaders have been clear about our commitment to develop a stable and continuous military-to-military relationship with China," the defense official said.

"Whether it is a tactical at-sea encounter, or strategic dialogue, sustained and reliable communication mitigates risk of mishaps, which is in the interest of both the US and China." your social media marketing partner


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+11 # fredboy 2013-12-15 11:14
Maybe the Chinese were simply trying to assert ownership. Don't they own those U.S. warships now?
+15 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-12-15 11:35
Hey guys remember how this missive is being reported:"the defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity...... .." Remember what event caused military/indust rial complex to dupe Americans into starting a war in Viet Nam. "The Gulf of Tonkin" incident. It was a military/indust rial complex lie. For profit lie. Never happened. Remember "the weapons of mass destruction" Iraq was "known to have." It was a big military/indust rial/oil cartel complex lie. A "news" leak? Just maybe we have another "big lie" being started by the same wealthy but ruthless bastards. A rebirth of the death culture for profit. Got to have a "new" enemy.
+7 # humanmancalvin 2013-12-15 15:19
As well as Remember the Maine, the call to war with Cuba. A Cuban military vessel attacked & sunk a US warship off the coast of Cuba.Of course the US ships boiler blew up & caused the damage.
Remember the Alamo: Anglos aggressively trying to steal Mexican territory.
Back right the F off with playing war teaser games with China. Of course it would occur after a Chinese Military vessel, blah, blah, blah.
+1 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-12-16 22:59
Good post. You remember events I forgot to mention.
+3 # Glen 2013-12-15 13:22
The U.S. gorilla chest butting a chimpanzee. Problem is, yes, the Chinese chimps actually have funded a great deal in the U.S. and hold that ticket in plain sight. It is a heavy load and the U.S. had better not shift that load too far in their faces or China just might call it in.

Cruising disputed territory is shoving it in their faces, just as when The U.S. and South Korea hold "training exercises" on the border with North Korea.
-2 # brux 2013-12-16 04:30
Lest you think it is only the US that does wrong in the world, the Chinese are bullying the Phillipines, Southeast Asia, Japan and other countries in the South China sea, and have spoken for decades about how they want to take over Taiwan - militarily.

I think it is not really a bad thing that the US is there to restrain Chine and make them think twice. Maybe the Chinese are not as bad as the North Koreans, but they are hardly much better to their people of their environment - or everyone else's environment as well.
+3 # Glen 2013-12-16 06:56
Ah, no, no country is innocent. But the U.S. is that chest pounding bully that is intent on cowing much of the world. No country, no U.S. politician, no military is innocent of world events or history. They simply choose to ignore it.

When China was under the thumb of the U.S., and its citizens truly under the gun, the U.S. then followed their dictator family to Taiwan to protect them, rather than protecting Chinese citizens at large. China suffered a lot during WWII. Their history is of great manipulation by others. It has taken them a long time to get organized and they have a long way to go.

But they are most cognizant of how the U.S. pushes and bullies.
+2 # Glen 2013-12-16 07:11
Not at all, but the U.S. truly is the bully on the block.

Remember when Chiang Kai-shek took over Taiwan and claimed it? Then proceeded to brutalize everyone? China has a history to claim Taiwan.

China has had a rough history and suffered much at the hands of other countries - remember the Japanese? China has a long way to go, but they are on the move.
0 # Glen 2013-12-16 08:58
I was under the impression the first post was lost, therefore the second. Oh well.
+4 # tedrey 2013-12-15 11:27
The following link shows the Air Defense Identification Zone long claimed by Japan, and the Air Defense Identification Zone just claimed by China. Consider why we have no complaint about Japan's, but consider China's "aggressive". (I know it's a bother to follow links, but this one is very informative.)
+11 # reiverpacific 2013-12-15 11:31
Another mini- "Gulf of Tonkin" perhaps.
Check out,
Of course as "fredboy" notes, China has a very strong financial hand to play. Hell, it just got it's FIRST aircraft carrier in 2013, one of four "retired" former Soviet carriers which was renovated from a rust bucket to operational, to strengthen it's S. China Sea defenses, so they might be justified for fingering the US for a couple of new, nuclear ones as a wee bit of up-front collateral on trust, for all the $ in hock -much of it to keep the armed forces top-heavy with the latest weaponry!
But the hawks and chicken-hawks who push all the time for some form of conflict don't really care as long as there is a grand blood-letting and profit for their death culture apparatus. -How else can they justify having an obscenely bloated military bigger than the next sixteen nations combined?
After all, they are the same who tried to push JFK (and Kruschev) into a pre-emptive nuclear strike in the 1960's.
By Gawd, if they can't bomb Iran (yet) they'll make damn sure they bomb somebody.
+7 # jwb110 2013-12-15 13:45
The US has reached a tipping point that the GOP/Neo-cons/wa r Hawks never thought possible. The balance of power is shifting and sovereignty, in a US world of unilateral war decisions, other nations will extend buffer zones where they see fit for their own protection. It is the intelligent thing to do for any nation that can protect those zones.
The US Fleet wandering the seas like a bunch of cruising squad cars may be come a thing of the past unless a new set of rules replaces the US "Policing" of the world.
+4 # Walter J Smith 2013-12-15 17:23
Whose taking bets on which side is the more belligerant - the US or China?

Of course both sides blame the other. Just like the D Party & the R Party here in the US.

Nobody is responsible for anything.

What an irresponsible government we have.
0 # oprichniki 2013-12-15 18:17
For two decades now the American traitors and Quislings....pu blic officials and academe... have been transferring every bit of US military knowledge to the ChiComs.
+3 # RMDC 2013-12-15 20:15
It seems like it was 5 years ago that a US plane flying just off the coast of China was forced down by Chinese fighters. To get the crew back, Bush had to admit they were flying in Chinese territory. As I recall, the US said it routinely violates Chinese air space in order to see how they respond and how their radar works.

Obama has "pivoted" to Asia, so we can look for a lot more provocations.
-2 # brux 2013-12-16 04:34
Bush did admit they were flying into Chinese airspace anyway ... and even if they had been - who cares? Have you ever heard of the US downing a plane of another country for being in our airspace? The US had to apologize for causing the accident ... and of course we have "pivoted" to China ... China is a threat and a competitor, not to do so would be stupid, and China is occupying Tibet and other nations inside its borders and denying human rights to over a billion people.
+1 # RMDC 2013-12-16 07:55
Does any nation fly military aircraft into US airspace. I have not heard of an instance but there may be. I'm sure NORAD would shoo them away very quickly. NORAD is always on the ball (except for 9-11).

the US sometimes says it is the supreme power in the Pacific and all over the oceans off the coast of all asian nations. Don't you think this is kind of aggressive and provocative?
0 # fredboy 2013-12-16 14:19
RMDC, what happened to NORAD and the Air National Guard and the Air Force on 9/11? Were they on time out? If so, who put them on time out? And why?
+1 # RMDC 2013-12-17 09:19
On 9-11 NORAD was taking the day off. They had scheduled a big nationwide training session that was directed by Dick Cheney. He knew more about US defense than they did, so he was teaching them. Most of the training was in the west and upper midwest. It was run out of Cheynne Mountain and the White House. After hearing about the planes crashing into the the WTC, the general in charge of NORAD took a leisurely drive from his home to the headquarters at Cheyenne Mountain with no cell phone or any other communications. He was, as you say, on a time out.

But in every other case, NORAD has been spot on. They never missed anything before that.

Everyone needs a day off or some training once in a while. It is just human nature. The only catch is that someone must have phoned Osama and told him that 9-11 was NORAD's day off. You just can't trust those phones. Good thing the NSA is taking care of that.
0 # Glen 2013-12-18 07:26
The U.S. NEVER allows unauthorized approach, as you point out. However, the U.S. feels entitled to roam the planet at will. 9/11 was just one example of the manipulation of the system on that particular day, along with no fly with the exception of the bin Ladens.

Ships are no exception. Consider all the warships that have cruised the coast of Venezuela and elsewhere. Not encroaching on national waters does not render the exercise less manipulative.

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