Communist Chinese naval aggression reached a new height Friday after a Chinese warship seized a U.S. Navy vehicle in international waters.
“The incident — the first of its kind in recent memory — took place on Dec. 15 northwest of Subic Bay just as the USNS Bowditch, an oceanographic survey ship, was about to retrieve the unmanned, underwater vehicle (UUV), the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity,” Reuters reports.
As the Bowditch stopped to retrieve its drone, a Chinese warship closely trailing them released a small boat in the water.
The Chinese sailors pulled right up alongside the Bowditch and stole the drone.
Communist China has been increasingly aggressive toward U.S. Navy vessels operating in the South China Sea’s international waters.
The regime appears to be testing President-elect Donald Trump. While Trump rankled Communist Chinese officials by taking a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan’s leader and has been heated in his rhetoric toward Beijing, Trump has also appointed an Ambassador to China who has been a close, personal friend of Chinese President Xi Jinping for thirty years and advocates a closer trade relationship with them.
Beijing has also stepped up its campaign of artificial island construction, which they use to extend their claims of “territorial waters” as well as to house weapons that could be used in an invasion of Taiwan or other free western Pacific nations.