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China Confirms Near-Collision Of US, Chinese Warships, Accuses US Of "Deliberate Provocation**Q

• http://www.zerohedge.com, Tyler Durden
 Today, with the usual several day delay, China reported what was already widely know, admitting that "an incident between a Chinese naval vessel and a U.S. warship in the South China Sea, after Washington said a U.S. guided missile cruiser had avoided a collision with a Chinese warship maneuvering nearby." According to experts this was the most significant U.S.-China maritime incident in the disputed South China Sea since 2009. Which naturally warranted the question: whose actions nearly provoked a potential military escalation between the world's two superpowers. Not surprisingly, China's version is that it was all the US' fault.
 
China's Defense Ministry said the Chinese naval vessel was conducting "normal patrols" when the two vessels "met".

 "During the encounter, the Chinese naval vessel properly handled it in accordance with strict protocol," the ministry said on its website (www.mod.gov.cn).

 "The two Defense departments were kept informed of the relevant situation through normal working channels and carried out effective communication."

 But China's official news agency Xinhua, in an English language commentary, accused the U.S. ship of deliberately provocative behavior.

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