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    Chinese Navy surround and harrass US Navy Ship Impeccable

    The Associated Press: Pentagon: Chinese vessels harassed unarmed ship


    WASHINGTON (AP) The Pentagon charged Monday that five Chinese ships shadowed and maneuvered dangerously close to a U.S. Navy vessel in an apparent attempt to harass the American crew.

    The Obama administration said the incident Sunday followed several days of "increasingly aggressive" acts by Chinese ships in the region.

    U.S. officials said a protest was to be delivered to Beijing's military attache at a Pentagon meeting Monday.

    "The unprofessional maneuvers by Chinese vessels violated the requirement under international law to operate with due regard for the rights and safety of other lawful users of the ocean," said Marine Maj. Stewart Upton, a Pentagon spokesman.

    A Chinese intelligence ship and four others surrounded the USNS Impeccable, an unarmed vessel with a civilian merchant marine crew, as the craft conducted ocean surveys in international waters in the South China Sea, the Defense Department said in a statement.

    The Impeccable sprayed one ship with water from fire hoses to force it away. Despite the force of the water, Chinese crew members stripped to their underwear and continued closing within 25 feet, the Defense department said.

    "We expect Chinese ships to act responsibly and refrain from provocative activities that could lead to miscalculation or a collision at sea, endangering vessels and the lives of U.S. and Chinese mariners," Upton said.

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    Re: Chinese Navy surround and harrass US Navy Ship Impeccable

    You can expect many, many more challenges of this sort in the future.
    If we're lucky, they will all be as minimal as this.

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    Re: Chinese Navy surround and harrass US Navy Ship Impeccable

    The Chinese don't even respect human rights in their own country so how do you expect them to use respectful nautical protocol in international waters?

    I would argue that we start sending armed vessels as escorts from now on.

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    Re: Chinese Navy surround and harrass US Navy Ship Impeccable

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    You can expect many, many more challenges of this sort in the future.
    If we're lucky, they will all be as minimal as this.

    I am not happy about it, but I have to agree.

    It should be interesting to see how the US and China interact in the future as the financial and military powers continue to change (away from the advantage of the US) and the once smaller dog has since grown up and and may no longer wish to obey the once bigger dog.

    I would hate to see a serious flexing of muscle from either side (especially while the US is in it's worst condition to do so in many years) in a show of power or who has the upper hand.

    For anyone who does not believe the seriousness of this all just consider one of the first stops for the new Sec of State was to crawl up to China and beg they buy up more of our debt. It would only seem that to return the favor our Govt. will continue to allow the duty free imports and unfair practices that have become common place with trading with this country and also the continued destruction of the US GDP and our quality of life as we continue as a nation to trade corporate profits and political contributions for our very way of life.

    Whew what a mess.
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    Re: Chinese Navy surround and harrass US Navy Ship Impeccable

    Anybody find this line odd?

    The Impeccable sprayed one ship with water from fire hoses to force it away. Despite the force of the water, Chinese crew members stripped to their underwear and continued closing within 25 feet, the Defense department said.
    "Loyalty only matters when there's a hundred reasons not to be-" Gen. Mattis

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    Re: Chinese Navy surround and harrass US Navy Ship Impeccable

    Quote Originally Posted by WI Crippler View Post
    Anybody find this line odd?
    Well, it just seems like they wanted to get their wet clothes off, but it seems they were hell bent on continuing to harrass.

    After this incident, I bet Obama is pondering sending Wen Jiaboa some DVDs. You know, he likes to reach out to aggressors.
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    Re: Chinese Navy surround and harrass US Navy Ship Impeccable

    Quote Originally Posted by WI Crippler View Post
    Anybody find this line odd?
    I bet it is a traditional sign of "look at my small penis".
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    Quote Originally Posted by StandUpChuck View Post
    Well, it just seems like they wanted to get their wet clothes off, but it seems they were hell bent on continuing to harrass.
    I thought it was just a Pavlovian response to having fire hoses turned on them after time spent in "re-education camps".

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    Re: Chinese Navy surround and harrass US Navy Ship Impeccable

    Quote Originally Posted by StandUpChuck View Post
    Well, it just seems like they wanted to get their wet clothes off, but it seems they were hell bent on continuing to harrass.

    After this incident, I bet Obama is pondering sending Wen Jiaboa some DVDs. You know, he likes to reach out to aggressors.
    You know what happens when you take your wet clothes off, and you continue to get sprayed by water? You still get wet.
    "Loyalty only matters when there's a hundred reasons not to be-" Gen. Mattis

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    Re: Chinese Navy surround and harrass US Navy Ship Impeccable

    We should have closed their ports when they rammed our aircraft back in 2001.

    Taking any **** at all when wearing the uniform is a huge mistake.

    It ALWAYS entices further provocations.

    In the same vein, we should have sunk Iran's Navy when they grabbed up those british Sailors.

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