Chinese navy dares US warship into dangerous game of chicken

USS Cowpens

USS Cowpens, Pacific Ocean, Sept. 20, 2012
US Navy Photo/ Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly via NavSource Online

In yet another example of China’s recently increased “maritime harassment,” a Chinese naval vessel forced an American guided missile cruiser to make a “dangerous maneuver” while the American warship was operating legally in international waters, according to a new report from the Washington Free Beacon.

On December 5, the USS Cowpens refused an order to stop “while lawfully operating in international waters in the South China Sea,” and what happened then could have had disastrous consequences.

According to the Free Beacon:

“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.

“This incident underscores the need to ensure the highest standards of professional seamanship, including communications between vessels, to mitigate the risk of an unintended incident or mishap.”

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 encounter was the type of incident that senior Pentagon officials recently warned could take place as a result of heightened tensions in the region over China’s declaration of an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea.

Continue reading the full report from the Washington Free Beacon here.

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  • Matthew Jeffers

    Typical Chinese military move. Surprised they didn’t just ram us like they did with our plane a few years back.

    • Andy Wolf

      I remember that! Then they held our Aircrew in a moldy building outside Hainan.

  • TexasFred

    Can there best a more incompetent POTUS to have at a time like this?

    • Richard Fischer

      If this would have happened during Reagan’s tenure as President the USS Cowpens would have been ordered to maintain course and either open fire upon or ram the Chinese ship.

      • dennam

        this wouldn’t have happened under Reagan. Other nations feared and respected him.

        • Travelin Man

          You absolutely correct!

  • Kenneth Clark

    We should stop all trade immediately with these arrogant idiots. Yes, they may have us by the “Nap Sack” due to our governments “Open Trade Agreement” with them. But, we Americans can rebound our own economy in a short period of time by manufacturing our goods here.

    • David Ramsay

      Kenneth we in New Zealand are now cursing this stupid free trade agreement with China now,,they are now demanding, whereas were wanting to buy,they are wanting a 50% stake in our oil reserves,,80% of our dairy industry, which is the back bone of our economy,we cannot give them what they want and now they want Chinese people in our Government as well.

    • http://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/MIAMIGARNER miamigarner

      The leaders don’t want progress,they want to give up and get in to the NWO

    • Doug

      Kenny you love Wal-Mart. Where would they get product to sell?

      • Kenneth Clark

        I do frequent wally world only when necessary. I prefer to and do support our small mom and pop businesses in town. Really dont like the wally world philosophy in the vendors they choose.
        Seems the would have to incorporate the practices of their late founder, Sam, and purchase American again.

        • Doug

          I love their prices. Shop there a lot.

  • abusedcitizen

    Sounds like an encounter with pirates.

  • Arden Hale

    Thank you Slick Willie for creating a dangerous and aggressive China.

  • Chris Horner

    thanks Bill Clinton for selling us out…the Chinese knew they could bankrupt us just by calling in our debt, and then you gave them nuclear technology – now they build their defense systems on our National Debt interest payments!

  • Richard Fischer

    Time to refit the USS Wisconsin and USS Iowa back to commissioned status (even though they are both currently museum ships they must be maintained to be serviceable if needed) and show those little slant eyed bastards what REAL naval vessel are like and exactly what a BATTLESHIP can do!

  • Ronald R. Johnson

    They should have run right over them!

    • Doug

      The game was called General Tso’s Chicken.

  • Hello Dolly

    why are we still doing trade with a communist enemy??? POTUS, get off your lazy A$$ and work for a change.

    • Doug

      Maybe because they buy all our debt.

    • reinhold

      Because The Renegade Americans are the Communists.

      Judaism is Communism.

      Use all necessary force to suppress the current domestic insurrection by renegade private individuals and public servants.

      Arrest, Abolish and Exterminate the Kosher Kabal of The Bogus Bank of Credit Fraud.


      • Andy Wolf

        Quit hating on the Jews and take your black helicopter theories somewhere else.

        • reinhold

          Andy Wolf.

          Rather than confront the facts you demand my silence. I never mentioned “black helicopters” neither did I declare any theory but fact.

          Stand far from the perpetrators. Defend the synagogue of satan at your peril.

          “Some call it Marxism — I call it Judaism.”

          (The American Bulletin, Rabbi S. Wise, May 5, 1935)

          “The Communist soul is the soul of Judaism. Hence it follows that, just as in the Russian revolution the triumph of Communism was the triumph of Judaism, so also in the triumph of fascism will triumph Judaism.”

          (A Program for the Jews and Humanity, Rabbi Harry Waton, p. 143-144)

          “The Communists are against religion (Christianity), and they seek to destroy religion; yet, when we look deeper into the nature of Communism, we see that it is essential nothing else than a religion (Judaism).”

          “We have exterminated the property owners in Russia. We are going to do the same thing in Europe and America.”

          (The Jew, December 1925, Zinobit
          (A Program for the Jews and Humanity, Rabbi Harry Waton, p. 138).Read: “A SHORT HISTORY OF THE BALFOUR DECLARATION.” This may help you to acquire the right to an opinion.

          The deepest condition of slavery is that of the slave that thinks he is free.

  • reinhold

    By what authority are US missile ships patrolling international waters? The US Navy refusal to yield was a deliberate provocation. Stand Down. The Chinese-Japanese affair is no one of your business. Patrol American waters. Protect America. No foreign alliances.

    Use all necessary means to suppress the current domestic insurrection by renegade public servants.

    Arrest, Abolish and Exterminate the Kosher Kabal of The Bogus Bank of Credit Fraud.


    • Richard Fischer

      Ah, the words of the true Libertarian. Unfortunately the world has become a much smaller area since the Libertarian platform was first decided upon. The United States has and needs allies around the world to not only protect our interests but things such as what are called “sea lanes of communications” which basically are routes freighters of both finished goods and raw materials take to move those things from one point to another. The United States also is obligated as the most powerful country in the world to protect such ideas as the United Nations definition of “territorial waters” and the internationally recognized 12 nautical mile boundary limits. In this particular case China is trying to exert pressure on the Philippines, Vietnam, and Japan to abandon their own internationally recognized territorial boundaries. These nations who are allies of the United States do not have the ability to stand up against the Chinese even if they joined together, thus then need the help of the United States and our military power.

      Oh, and the authority given to the United States to transit international water is by both Geneva and United Nations international accords. The exact term is call freedom of navigation.

      • reinhold

        Ah, that’s what Nebuchadnezzar II King of the Neo Babylonian Empire, the Emperors of the Roman Empire, and Crown of the British Empire said. That is what Judaism declares as Global Rule of the Goyim by World Jewry. Now you claims that this is the “obligation” of these several States within this Union!

        Of course what you say here is defacto. However it is the road to hell. If by your reason the bogus entity called the “United States” has such power, what then are The People but subjects?