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.
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I have it on good authority this happens all the time; i.e., the US by various means comes into possession of underwater devices belonging to other countries and does not return them.
But I have to admit - this latest grab by China was rather bold. Obviously they are not going to stand for our provocations much longer, nor we for theirs.
Dear Obama ad-Dajjal: If you want to start a shooting war, this is one of the ways to do it.