The U.S. defense Department demanded the immediate return of the seized Chinese military unmanned underwater vessel. This is stated in the message published on the website of the Pentagon.
The us military said that the Chinese government illegally seized the drone, which carried out Oceanographic research in the South China sea and demanded the return of it in accordance with international law.
According to the official representative of the US defense Department, Peter cook, spent Appart collection of unclassified Oceanographic data in the interests of the military, such as salinity, water temperature, and speed of sound in accordance with international law.
The incident happened on December 15 to the North-West from the base of Subic Bay (Subic Bay) in the Philippines, when the research ship of the U.S. Navy “Bowditch” was preparing to pick up the drone. The machine was the property of the United States under sovereign immunity, and under the unclassified program collecting scientific data.
Earlier, a source in the Pentagon told CNN that an American ship stopped to pick up two unmanned, but at this point with the Chinese ship that chased the “Bowditch”, was launched a small boat and her crew captured one of the drones.
All calls to return to the office of the U.S. were ignored by the Chinese side, said the Pentagon.
Dispute of China with neighboring countries in the South China sea are the Paracel Islands and Spratly Islands. The Chinese have created in the disputed archipelagos of artificial Islands and deployed their weapons. The actions of Beijing have criticized claiming the Islands of Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, and supporting US. In September, President Barack Obama urged Beijing not to “Flex its muscles” in the settlement of territorial disputes.
July 12 the permanent court of Arbitration in the Hague has recognized unreasonable claims of China in the disputed waters. In the Hague also stressed that the construction of the Beijing artificial Islands causes irreparable harm to the coral reef ecosystem. However, Beijing said that do not accept and do not recognize the decision of the international arbitration.