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Renewed tension between US and China over ‘stolen’ drone


New York: President-elect 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 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 -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.

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As a Free Speech absolutist I am not for banning any ad, or any standup comic or any film that mocks Hinduism or Hindu gods, but perhaps it is time for these shameless hypocrites and propagandists to append their creative work with the following statement, in bold:

কীভাবে সুরক্ষিত থাকবেন এই ভ্যারিয়্যান্টের হাত থেকে? জেনে নিন...

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@munawar0018 Nafrat jeet gayi?

Mocking Hindu Gods is comedy?

60 people being murdered by burning to death is a JOKE?

India is great & Indians are tolerant so only your insensitive shows are getting canceled

Write better jokes, don’t destroy the delicate secular fabric of our nation🙏🙏

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