In a major faceoff, a Chinese warship sailed within yards of an American destroyer in South China sea.
The faceoff eventually forced the US ship to change course.
The US side claimed that the Chinese ship maneuvered in an “unsafe and unprofessional” encounter.
The US vessel was in the contested waters of South China Sea at the time, it was said.
The USS Decatur guided-missile destroyer was conducting what the military calls a “freedom of navigation operation” Sunday.
It was when it passed within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson reefs in the remote Spratly Islands.
Beijing claims all of the Spratly chain as part of its sweeping claims across much of the South China Sea.
The Chinese ship then conducted a series of “increasingly aggressive maneuvers, and warned the Decatur to depart the area, the US Navy later clarified.
There is already a trade war looming over the US China ties and this has further been heightened by $1.3 billion arms sale to Taiwan.>