WASHINGTON: A Chinese Navy warship has seized an underwater drone deployed by an American oceanographic vessel in international waters in the South China Sea, triggering a formal diplomatic protest from the United States and a demand for its return, a U.S. defense official told Reuters on Friday.
The incident, the first of its kind in recent memory, took place on Dec. 15 northwest of Subic Bay off the Philippines just as the USNS Bowditch, an oceanographic survey ship, was about to retrieve the unmanned, underwater vehicle (UUV), the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
"The UUV was lawfully conducting a military survey in the waters of the South China Sea," the official said.
"It's a sovereign immune vessel, clearly marked in English not to be removed from the water - that it was US property."
Hold on US , Chinese are bussy make a fake drone by copying the seized one. After that they will return it
Time for US to act
Under Trump presidency conflict between USA-China may escalate into full blown war. Trade war is already started Trump asking Americans to buy only American products. China will suffer most as even Putin is close ally of Trump, Now it is known that Putin helped Trump win the election!
China thinks it is the SOLE SUPERPOWER.........USA,Japan,India, should conduct a combined military Exercise, in the South China Sea...........China thinks it has inherited the property of South China Sea, and is the absolute owner........
appreciate Chinese. dare,as a self respect and courage
US imperialism is dying fast!
China has no right to seize because South China sea is not their territory.
China is the biggest threat to world peace.. Europe and USA should make sure to divide or destroy China. at least ban Chinese products..
The Chinese know very well that these underground drones are nothing but spying tools, and they will do everything to oppose and neutralise them.
Right or wrong,You have to admire China for standing up to the great America.
Initiation of WW3 ??