Washington Free Beacon
December 17, 2013
China’s state media on Monday said the recent near-collision between a U.S. guided missile cruiser and a Chinese navy ship in the South China Sea earlier this month was the result of threatening actions by the U.S. warship.
The nationalistic Global Timesnewspaper, an organ of the Communist Party of China that is frequently used by China’s military to send political signals, blamed the U.S. Navy for the incident and denounced its efforts to ensure freedom of navigation in the region.
The Dec. 5 incident involved the USS Cowpens, a guided missile cruiser, and a People’s Liberation Army Navy tank landing ship in the South China Sea. China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, and four accompanying warships were in the area at the time of the incident.
The Washington Free Beacon first reported the incident, which U.S. officials said nearly triggered a dangerous military confrontation Friday.
This article was posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:36 am