China has accused the United States of “provocative” and “dangerous” actions, after U.S. and Chinese warships came into close contact in the Taiwan Strait. Video of Saturday’s incident released by the Pentagon shows a Chinese warship coming within 150 yards of a U.S. destroyer. This comes just days after the Pentagon said a Chinese fighter jet cut across the path of a U.S. spy plane as it flew over the South China Sea. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson defended the maneuvers.
Wang Wenbin: “I want to emphasize that the truth is the U.S. side stirred up troubles and made provocations first, while the Chinese side dealt with this in accordance with corresponding laws and regulations. China always respects the freedoms of navigation and overflight enjoyed by all countries under international law.”