Chinese naval vessel tries to stop US Navy vessel in the South China Sea

posted at 11:21 am on December 13, 2013 by Steve Eggleston

Bill Gertz over at the Washington Free Beacon reports that the Chinese military, in this case the People’s Liberation Army Navy, is getting quite frisky in the international waters of the South China Sea:

The guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens, which recently took part in disaster relief operations in the Philippines, was confronted by Chinese warships in the South China Sea near Beijing’s new aircraft carrier Liaoning, according to officials familiar with the incident.

“On December 5th, while lawfully operating in international waters in the South China Sea, USS Cowpens and a PLA Navy vessel had an encounter that required maneuvering to avoid a collision,” a Navy official said….

The Cowpens was conducting surveillance of the Liaoning at the time. The carrier had recently sailed from the port of Qingdao on the northern Chinese coast into the South China Sea.

According to the officials, the run-in began after a Chinese navy vessel sent a hailing warning and ordered the Cowpens to stop. The cruiser continued on its course and refused the order because it was operating in international waters.

Then a Chinese tank landing ship sailed in front of the Cowpens and stopped, forcing the Cowpens to abruptly change course in what the officials said was a dangerous maneuver.

The South China Sea is much like the East China Sea where the Chinese recently declared an expanded air-defense identification zone covering areas claimed by both Japan and South Korea. Both are potentially quite rich in oil and gas deposits. The Chinese have been trying to declare everything outside 12 miles from neighboring countries’ populated coastlines as their territorial waters, as well as claiming several uninhabited islands also claimed by other countries such as the Philipines and Vietnam.

This is not the first time China has used military force to harrass US forces operating in the region. Back in 2001, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force forced an EP-3 to make an emergency landing on Hainan Island after one of its interceptors collided with the EP-3 in international airspace. At least three times in the last several years, intelligence-gathering ships were harrassed by the PLAN. The harrassment of an armed vessel represents an escalation of actions.


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Not an willful

Murphy9 on December 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Looks like we are on the verge of another kind of cold war.
Or hot war. Or WWIII.
Better start getting worried again. And spending a lot more on our military systems. I don’t want to sound at all like a neocon, which I’m not because I’m not for idiotic counterproductive interventions like in Libya, but what’s going on with China has got to a be a major concern.
And don’t let China lap us in space. And a decade from now don’t let China go to the moon and set up a couple of camps and thus claim 90% the “land” on the moon for themselves. We got to get cracking, again. Not the Rob Ford way, though.

anotherJoe on December 14, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Not an willful

Murphy9 on December 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM

I deleted ‘idiotic’ but forgot to delete the ‘n’…

DarkCurrent on December 14, 2013 at 2:38 PM

It doesn’t matter who did what first so much as who does what now.

DarkCurrent on December 14, 2013 at 2:39 PM

I wonder if they will discover that the moon isn’t made of cheese or have a mile deep layer of dust…

Murphy9 on December 14, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Are they trying to find Chang’e?

She too too much soma or somethin’.

Murphy9 on December 14, 2013 at 2:48 PM

I have this print in a Chinese painting book I purchased from an independent book shop that is closing :(

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ID1bNb_oaZA/TexjItO30SI/AAAAAAAACWw/CtRcxZyYY9Y/s1600/DSCN0304.JPG

Murphy9 on December 14, 2013 at 2:50 PM

If this was a football game between you and Powell then it’s late in the 3rd quarter and he’s ahead by 14. You may pull it out, but it doesn’t look very good at the moment. I’d like to make one more point: if Powell was wrong, then nothing really happens, but if you’re wrong, then a lot is going to happen, and you’ll be partly to blame.

DFCtomm on December 13, 2013 at 11:15 PM

I think Powell didn’t show up for the game, because I have Abraham Lincoln on my team.

unclesmrgol on December 14, 2013 at 10:13 PM

I think Powell didn’t show up for the game, because I have Abraham Lincoln on my team.

unclesmrgol on December 14, 2013 at 10:13 PM

That doesn’t even make sense.

DFCtomm on December 15, 2013 at 6:10 AM

The nations in the region can no longer rely on the United States to cover their back due to King Obama. Japan needs to rearm and go nuclear. Also the region needs to create a regional defense force based on the NATO format. Even nations in SouthEast Asia should join. Communist Vietnam needs to make a decision on whether the democracies in the region or China is a friend or enemy. Historically China is an enemy of Vietnam.

SC.Charlie on December 15, 2013 at 6:50 AM

It doesn’t matter who did what first so much as who does what now.

DarkCurrent on December 14, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Um. So China sent a rover to the moon? Talk to me when they send multiple rovers to Mars.

oldroy on December 15, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Um. So China sent a rover to the moon? Talk to me when they send multiple rovers to Mars.

oldroy on December 15, 2013 at 12:09 PM

At the rate they’re closing the gap it won’t be long.

And at least they currently have the capacity to launch their own astronauts into space while the US has to rent seats on the Soyuz.

DarkCurrent on December 15, 2013 at 12:32 PM

And at least they currently have the capacity to launch their own astronauts into space while the US has to rent seats on the Soyuz.

DarkCurrent on December 15, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Fair enough. But we’ve already hit the limit of what the government can do in the space race, and have turned to the private sector. Ergo, we’re going to kick everyone’s ass in the long run.

TexasDan on December 15, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Fair enough. But we’ve already hit the limit of what the government can do in the space race, and have turned to the private sector. Ergo, we’re going to kick everyone’s ass in the long run.

TexasDan on December 15, 2013 at 5:01 PM

I certainly expect so :D

Go SpaceX! Go Dragon!

DarkCurrent on December 15, 2013 at 5:34 PM

DarkCurrent on December 15, 2013 at 12:32

Our very own Chinese Propaganda Minister.

smoothsailing on December 17, 2013 at 4:26 AM

Our very own Chinese Propaganda Minister.

smoothsailing on December 17, 2013 at 4:26 AM

0 points for originality.

DarkCurrent on December 17, 2013 at 1:21 PM

No points for accuracy? :(

Murphy9 on December 17, 2013 at 1:43 PM

No points for accuracy? :(

Murphy9 on December 17, 2013 at 1:43 PM

0 as well.

DarkCurrent on December 17, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Game of Chicken:

US: 0
China: 1

DarkCurrent on December 18, 2013 at 2:24 PM

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