19.5 C
New Delhi
Friday 6 December 2019
India Renewed tension between US and China over 'stolen' drone

Renewed tension between US and China over ‘stolen’ drone

New York: President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that China’s capture of a US Navy drone was an unprecedented act, as China finally agreed to return the vessel to the US.

The drone deployed by a US vessel in international waters in South China Sea, roughly 50 nautical miles northwest of Subic Bay off the Philippines, was conducting a military survey. A Chinese warship seized the underwater drone just as the USNS Bowditch, an oceanographic survey ship, was about to retrieve the unmanned, underwater vehicle (UUV), officials said.

“It’s a sovereign immune vessel, clearly marked in English not to be removed from the water – that it was U.S. property,” an official said.

In a briefing on the matter, Pentagon confirmed the incident and said that the drone used commercially available technology priced at $150,000. Its job was to collect oceanographic data including salinity, temperature and clarity of the water which are meant to help US military sonar data.

The USNS Bowditch, crewed by civilians that carries out oceanographic work, had already retrieved 1 of its drones known as ocean gliders, when a Chinese Dalang 3 class vessel took the second one.

Officials say that the Bowditch was only 500 meters from the drone when the later was picked up by the Chinese vessel. Using bridge-to-bridge communications the US ship demanded the drone back but the Chinese vessel, while acknowledging the communication, did not respond to the demands of USNS Bowditch.

Chinese officials have now agreed to return the vessel after negotiating with the US. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement, “through direct engagement with Chinese authorities, we have secured an understanding that the Chinese will return the UUV to the United States”.

However China’s Defense Ministry said it was “resolutely opposed” to this kind of activity, and accused the US of “hyping up” the incident.

This report of drone-capturing comes amid reports of China’s increased military activities in the South China Sea. A US think tank has said that China has installed antiaircraft and antimissile systems on man-made islands it has been constructing around the Spratly Islands.

Earlier, president-elect Trump had taken a stance opposing China’s interests after his winning the election in November when he ignored decades of established US diplomatic policy and held a telephonic conversation with Taiwanese prime minister, Tsai Ing-wen.

Subscribe to our newsletter

You will get all our latest news and articles via email when you subscribe

The email despatches will be non-commercial in nature
Disputes, if any, subject to jurisdiction in New Delhi

Leave a Reply


Trump Drives Democrats And Media Crazy

America can never be the same again, even after Trump leaves the White House,” say many, and you can read that anywhere

Balasaheb Thackeray’s Legacy Up For Grabs

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena has failed to live up to the ideals of Balasaheb, leaving a void that the BJP alone can fill

How BJP Pulled Off Maha Coup With Nobody Watching

As Devendra Fadnavis desisted from contradicting Uddhav Thackeray everyday, the media attention moved from the BJP to its noisy rivals

Anil Ambani: From Status Of Tycoon To Insolvency

Study the career of Anil Ambani, and you will get a classic case of decisions you ought not take as a businessman and time you better utilise

तवलीन सिंह, यह कैसा स्वाभिमान?

‘जिस मोदी सरकार का पांच साल सपोर्ट किया उसी ने मेरे बेटे को देश निकाला दे दिया,’ तवलीन सिंह ने लिखा। क्या आपने किसी क़ीमत के बदले समर्थन किया?
- Advertisement -


Sajjanar, Telangana’s ‘encounter’ pro, hails from Karnataka

His father is a native of the Asuti village of Ron taluka in the Gadag district, but Vishwanath C Sajjanar was born and brought up in Hubballi

Ajit Pawar exonerated under whose instructions?

Did ACB exonerate Ajit Pawar knowing that the regime would change on 28 November or they were clearing his name with Devendra Fadnavis's knowledge?

Family of raped, murdered vet hails Telangana Police

Not only the family of the veterinarian raped and murdered on 27 November but also those of the accused wanted them dead as soon as possible

Did Sajjanar plan the ‘encounter’ of rapists-killers?

In 2008, police in Warangal had similarly killed 3 students accused of an acid attack in an 'encounter' when Sajjanar used to be the area SP

Nirav declared 2nd fugitive economic offender

Nirav Modi, fighting his extradition case in England, was further remanded, unable to convince the court he wouldn't intimidate witnesses

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you

For fearless journalism

%d bloggers like this:
Skip to toolbar