Posted by: Chuck | August 12, 2013

Chinese navy opens fire in South China Sea

Published on Aug 6, 2013

English: SINGAPORE STRAIT (July 10, 2010) A Sa...

English: SINGAPORE STRAIT (July 10, 2010) A Sailor stands a small craft attack team (SCAT) watch aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) while transiting to the South China Sea for Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore 2010. CARAT is a series of bilateral exercises held annually in Southeast Asia to strengthen relationships and enhance force readiness. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric J. Cutright/Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Military tensions between the US and China are under threat of escalating after Barack Obama diverted a destroyer to protect a US ship which the Pentagon claims was being harassed by Chinese boats.

The heavily armed USS Chung-Hoon is now escorting the US navy surveillance ship Impeccable, which found itself at the centre of a naval standoff in the South China Sea earlier in the week.

On Sunday, five Chinese vessels surrounded the unarmed ship amid claims it was on a spying mission in Chinese waters.

Pentagon officials said the boats had come within 8 metres (25ft) of the Impeccable, forcing its civilian crew to take emergency action.

The Impeccable turned its high-pressure water hoses on the Chinese crew, who then stripped to their underwear as they dropped wood and other debris into the water to block the ship’s progress.

Washington lodged formal protests with Beijing after the incident.



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