USS Cowpens: Why China forced a confrontation at sea with US Navy – CSMonitor.com

Reports that a Chinese navy vessel tried this month to force a US warship to a halt in international waters have senior US officials and longtime Asia analysts asking what, precisely, China was trying to prove by the maneuver.

US naval officials note that the USS Cowpens – a guided missile warship – was “lawfully operating” in waters near the South China Sea when it had an encounter with a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) vessel “that required maneuvering to avoid a collision,” according to an article in the Washington Free Beacon.

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via USS Cowpens: Why China forced a confrontation at sea with US Navy – CSMonitor.com.

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