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  • Chinese ships harass U.S. vessel

    03/12/2009 1:48:41 AM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 18 replies · 864+ views
    UPI ^ | March 9, 2009 | Staff
    WASHINGTON, March 9 (UPI) -- Chinese ships were harassing a U.S. surveillance ship on routine patrol in the South China Sea, the Pentagon said Monday. In a statement, the Defense Department said five Chinese vessels "shadowed and aggressively maneuvered in dangerously close proximity" to the Impeccable to bother the surveillance vessel while conducting routine operations in international waters, CNN reported. Crew members aboard the Chinese vessels, two of which were within 50 feet, waved Chinese flags and told the U.S. ship to leave the area, the statement said. "Because the vessels' intentions were not known, Impeccable sprayed its fire hoses...