Good comment left on this post by someone anonymously:
I am surprised that you're even posting this NY Times psyops/journalism. It predictably regurgitates the American version of events on this clash at sea, dutifully presenting the American navy as acting "professionally" as it was unceremoniously cut across the bow by a Chinese naval ship.
Given that America has a proud tradition of staging military provocations and lying about them like the Gulf of Tonkin deceptions about North Vietnam or more recently its shaky allegations blaming North Korea for the Cheonan sinking, only American apologists would accept at face value US claims in this incident.
I also like how the NY Times tries to rationalize why American ships are in the area and shadowing the Chinese aircraft carrier in the first place. The Times tries to justify this American spying on Chinese naval ships based upon weasel-word assertions about China's so-called lack of "transparency" or the broader territorial disputes in the region.
These allegations are classic American hypocrisy, as the United States specializes in disguising both its military intent and many wars of aggression behind transparently false pretexts like its phony War on Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, and now the Pivot to Asia.
While Americans will deny it forever, the United States' Pivot to Asia is a transparent cover for an anti-China containment policy, involving American military bases around China and playing nations from Japan to SE Asia against China over these very territorial disputes that the USA sheds crocodile tears about!
Americans act all outraged that China doesn't take too kindly to having America deploy its ships (and spy planes like the EP-3) around its perimeter. It would be interesting to see their reaction if other nations start sending their ships and planes to patrol in American waters ... as a necessary precaution compelled by America's lack of military transparency! LOL.
Such is the arrogance of an America that thinks it owns the world.
American and Chinese Navy Ships Nearly Collide in South China Sea
In a sign of the increased tensions between the United States and China on the open seas, navy vessels from the two countries almost collided in the South China Sea when a Chinese ship cut across the bow of an American cruiser, a senior United States defense official said on Saturday.
An accident was averted when the missile-carrying cruiser Cowpens, traveling in international waters, maneuvered to avoid the Chinese vessel, the official said. At the time, the American ship was observing China’s new aircraft carrier, which was also in the vicinity.
The near collision, which occurred on Dec. 5 but did not become public until Friday, was one more example of the growing rivalry between China, a rising maritime power, and the United States, the dominant naval power in the Pacific region since World War II.
The episode at sea came as the Obama administration has chastised China for imposing an air defense identification zone in the East China Sea over islands and airspace that are also claimed by Japan. In announcing the zone, the Chinese said they would require planes entering the area to file advance flight plans, a demand the United States and Japan have both defied.
The information office at the Chinese Ministry of National Defense did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the maritime encounter.
The Cowpens was observing the Chinese carrier, the Liaoning, as it made its first voyage in the South China Sea from its home base in Qingdao, the headquarters of China’s North Sea Fleet, the defense official and American Navy experts said. All of them spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.
The Chinese vessel cut across the bow of the America ship at a distance of less than 200 yards, the defense official said. The vessel was similar to an American tank landing ship and was accompanying the aircraft carrier.
The tactic of the Chinese ship “was particularly aggressive” and “unhelpful in trying to increase cooperation between the two navies,” he said.
Analysts said the tense encounter underscored the dangers of the current situation in the area.
“This illustrates the anxieties between the United States and China, and it is very troubling,” said Lyle J. Goldstein, an associate professor at the China Maritime Studies Institute at the United States Naval War College in Rhode Island. “International politics on both sides call for ratcheting up of tensions, and I don’t see either side finding compromises. Neither side knows the other’s red lines.”
In March 2009, five Chinese ships harassed the surveillance ship Impeccable in international waters in the South China Sea, forcing the American ship to make an emergency maneuver to avoid a collision.
Surveillance activities by the United States of Chinese military operations have always been sensitive. In 2001, an American EP-3 spy plane collided with a Chinese fighter jet in the waters off southern China, an accident that sent relations between Washington and Beijing into a freeze.
Ever since, Chinese officials have complained to senior American officials about American planes’ peering into Chinese waters, saying that the practice treats China like the enemy, a senior American official said recently. The United States replies with its own complaint: that the lack of transparency by China impels America to do its reconnaissance, the official said.
American officials said the Cowpens had been adhering to international guidelines.
“Our cruiser was operating in international waters of the South China Sea, not close into the coast and in the general vicinity of the aircraft carrier,” the defense official said.
The Chinese ship accompanying the aircraft carrier began shouldering the American cruiser, and then crossed its bow, he said. After the American ship took the evasive maneuver, there was “bridge-to-bridge” contact, in English, between the two ships, the official said. “It was tense but professional,” he said.
In a formal statement, the Pacific Fleet based in Hawaii said, “This incident underscores the need to ensure the highest standard of professional seamanship, including communications between vessels to mitigate the risk of an unintended incident or mishap.”
It was not clear how far the Cowpens was sailing from the Chinese aircraft carrier. But because of sophisticated American radar, it did not have to be particularly close to observe it, naval experts said.
The Chinese aircraft carrier, a refurbished Ukrainian vessel, was launched last year. It is not yet fully operational and does not carry a full complement of aircraft. Still, the United States Navy wants to understand how the Chinese are planning to use the carrier as China more aggressively asserts territorial claims in the region.
When it left port, the carrier was accompanied by two missile destroyers and two missile frigates, Chinese news media reported.
Officials from the American and Chinese navies meet every year to discuss maritime rules and episodes at sea, but so far, the gatherings have been fairly desultory, Mr. Goldstein said. “The maritime consultative agreement has been a disappointment to the American side,” he said.
The American defense official drew a comparison between the behavior and operations of Iranian and American navies, and that of the Chinese. “We operate in the vicinity of the Iranian navy,” he said. “The exchanges are curt but professional.”
The fact that the episode between the Cowpens and the Chinese ship took place in the South China Sea is bound to raise concerns, naval experts said. China contends that more than 80 percent of the sea is under its purview, and in a signal of its intention to enforce that claim, the nation has taken virtual ownership from the Philippines of the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.