Pentagon demands China to cooperate? I’m sorry but when they seized our vessel that to me is them saying…they don’t want to cooperate. This is a very BOLD and alarming move that China has made and it’s no small thing. This is a politically dangerous move.
Trump has been telling us about China for a while now, even back in Mitt Romney election days it was being talked about. Whether you’re a Romney fan or not, both him and Trump agree when it comes to China, and this is just one reason why.
They are unpredictable.
“We call upon China to return our UUV immediately, and to comply with all of its obligations under international law,” Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said in a statement, using the abbreviation for “unmanned underwater vehicle.”
In the latest encounter in international waters in the South China Sea region, the USNS Bowditch was sailing about 100 miles off the port at Subic Bay when the incident occurred, according to the official.
Bowditch had stopped in the water to pick up two underwater drones. At that point a Chinese naval ship that had been shadowing the Bowditch put a small boat into the water. That small boat came up alongside and the Chinese crew took one of the drones.
The US got no answer from the Chinese on the radio when it said the drone was American property, the official said.
As they turned away, the Chinese did come up on the radio and indicated they were returning to their own operations.
US oceanographic research vessels are often followed in the water under the assumption they are spying. In this case, however, the drone was simply measuring ocean conditions, the official said.
At this time it is unclear what China’s plans are or why they have chosen to take the action they have. China was butt-hurt over Trump calling Taiwan leadership, so much so that they called the White House immediately to voice their anger, however… that couldn’t be why they are being to reckless now could it?
Either way..bad move China. Trump will be in the White House come Jan 2017 and then it will be too late, to ‘think’ about being cooperative.