Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 9:23 AM
From The Daily Telegraph:
Both the Chinese and American ships seem to be slightly dodgy not-quite-official-navy vessels with plausibly deniable missions. This is how The New York Times described the ships:
There's nothing about the incident on Xinhua as of 8:30am this morning. The New York Times reports that the "United States has lodged a formal protest with the government in Beijing".
After seeing images of some of the ships involved, one has to question what kind of men sail on the good ship Impeccable.
This is the U.S. vessel, looking like something in which a James Bond villain would plan world domination:
A Mainland media source has reported the incident: the Global Times, owned by The People's Daily and often called jingoistic, today published an article on their website about the incident: America says survey ship surrounded and harrassed in South China Sea (in Chinese).
Xinhua has not reported the incident yet.
Time-stamped 2009-03-10 15:18, Xinhua has at last reported the story on their English website, although the report is nowhere to be found in Chinese: China says U.S. naval ship breaks int'l, Chinese law.
Also, here is a detailed report on 'FAS Strategic Security Blog' that seems to know what it is talking about: US-Chinese Anti-Submarine Cat and Mouse Game in South China Sea.
The Los Angeles Times reports:
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