A Chinese naval vessel tried to force a U.S. guided missile warship to stop in international waters recently, causing a tense military standoff in the latest case of Chinese maritime harassment, according to defense officials.
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."
"A State Department official said the U.S. government issued protests to China in both Washington and Beijing in both diplomatic and military channels."
OUR VIEW: We should have put a shot across their bow. China has stepped over the line and only they can turn back. They have demonstrated their intentions and their intractability. There can be no doubt now that the only way they will turn from their unlawful territorial ambitions is if their fleet is sunk. A navy to the Dragon is just an enabler for a power addict.