The incident marks a major escalation in the conflict between China and U.S. in the South China Sea.
Posted BY: Jamie White
A Chinese warship nearly rammed into a U.S. destroyer in the South China Sea on Saturday, marking yet another act of aggression by the Chinese Communist Party.
A Canadian news outlet aboard one of the U.S. ships caught the moment the Chinese warship came within 150 yards of the American guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon during a joint U.S.-Canada military exercise in the Taiwan Strait.
The U.S. destroyer appears to throw its propellers in reverse to alter course as the Chinese warship cuts across its path.
The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) accused the Chinese warship of cutting across the destroyer’s bow to force it to slow down during the exercise.
The Chinese ship “overtook Chung-Hoon on their port side and crossed their bow at 150 yards” it said in a statement. It then “crossed Chung-Hoon’s bow a second-time starboard to port at 2,000 yards and remained off Chung-Hoon’s port bow.”
The ship’s “actions violated the maritime ‘Rules of the Road’ of safe passage in international waters,” the release continued, adding “the U.S. military flies, sails, and operates safely and responsibly anywhere international law allows.”
The close call marks a major escalation in the conflict between China and U.S. in the South China Sea.
This comes just days after USINDOPACOM accused China’s military of interfering with its naval exercises by using a fighter jet to perform an “unnecessarily aggressive maneuver” while intercepting its reconnaissance aircraft, which was also caught on video.
China pushed back last week, claiming the U.S. violated “international laws” during its naval exercise.
As Infowars has reported, China has been stepping up its military tactics against America under Joe Biden’s watch.
For example, U.S. troops recently claimed Chinese spies disguised as tourists have repeatedly tried to enter Alaska military bases in recent months in an effort to probe their capabilities.