China-US Naval Incident Part Of A Rising Trend

From AP:

China has called the latest collision between Chinese and U.S. naval vessels an accident, but many of the elements echo previous altercations that have raised concerns that China’s is growing increasingly aggressive in its patrols of the waters off its coast.

In last week’s incident, as before, a Chinese submarine was found to be shadowing a U.S. Navy ship — possibly undetected by sonar equipment being towed behind the American destroyer.

The South China Sea, where the collision occurred and where the U.S. Navy operates amid a complex patchwork of competing territorial claims, is also a familiar backdrop for such incidents.

June 16, 2009 12:21 AM
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