WASHINGTON – The Obama administration vowed Monday to keep up military surveillance in waters off China and protested to China about what it called harassment of an American ship doing that work last week. The Pentagon
charged that a Chinese intelligence gathering vessel and four others
"shadowed and maneuvered dangerously close" to the USNS Impeccable
surveillance ship in the South China Sea on Sunday, then threw obstacles in the water as it tried to leave.
– China: Activity by confronted US ship illegal
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Navy ship that got into a scrape with five Chinese vessels last weekend in the South China Sea
was looking for threats such as submarines — presumably Chinese — in
waters that China claims as its own, defense officials acknowledged