“A US oceanographic vessel Thursday had its underwater drone stolen by a Chinese warship literally right in front of the eyes of the American crew, a US defense official told CNN Friday.
In the latest encounter in international waters in the South China Sea region, the USNS Bowditch was sailing about 100 miles off the port at Subic Bay when the incident occurred, according to the official.”
See Chinese warship stole US underwater droneSeizing a vessel on the high seas is an act of war. If China does not promptly return the vessel, USA can take punitive actions including attacking Chinese naval vessels in the area. This could rapidly escalate. China has been claiming most of the South China Sea as their territory. How far will they push this?
Obama has been very restrained in his dealings with China, Russia, Syria, and North Korea, so I don’t expect him to sweep the ocean of the Chinese navy but something other than a diplomatic protest is definitely in order. China is not in a mood to be pacific. Obama’s patience is getting frayed. Trump certainly will be yapping about this and advising reaction. The wheel of chance is spinning. Where it stops is anyone’s guess.