A U.S. Pentagon spokesman stated the Chinese have seized a U.S. Navy drone while collecting unclassified scientific data about 57 miles northwest of Subic Bay near the Philippines in the South China Sea.
Donald Trump, upon hearing this news, tweeted out his displeasure at their actions.
China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters – rips it out of water and takes it to China in unprecedented act.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 17, 2016
The President-elect sent this tweet around 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
Pentagon spokesman, Jeff Davis, told reporters,”It is ours. It’s clearly marked as ours. We would like it back and we would like this not to happen again.”
Davis valued the drone at about $150,000 and said there was nothing special about it, describing the drone as “largely commercial, with off-the-shelf technology.”
The drone was seized in international waters in the South China seas, which, according to Davis, “China claims virtually in its entirety.”
This blatant act of seizing one of the U.S. Navy’s drones from the China Sea is being called one of the most significant disputes between the U.S. and China in years.
This action follows Trump’s post-election call controversy with the president of Taiwan.
According to Fox, China said that its military was in contact with its American counterparts on “appropriately handling” the seizure of the U.S. Navy unmanned underwater glider.
The Chinese foreign ministry said, “According to (our) understanding, the U.S. and Chinese sides are working on appropriately handling this matter through channels between the two militaries.”
Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, and President elect Donald Trump’s possible nominee for Deputy Secretary of State, comments on the China drone incident in the video below.
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