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China accused of secretly salvaging sunken British submarine containing 18 lost sailors
HMS Poseidon sank in 130ft of water on June 9, 1931, after a collision with a Chinese merchant steamer 20 miles north of the British naval base at Weihai.
Relatives and survivors had always thought the vessel remained on the sea bed along with the lost men.
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British couple's yacht sunk by whale in CaribbeanBut American historian Steven Schwankert claims the Chinese salvaged the vessel without fanfare in the early 1970s to test the skills of their naval special forces and newly formed underwater recovery units
U.S. protests harassing of Navy ship by Chinese
WASHINGTON - The White House said Monday that it expects China to respect international law following an incident in which five Chinese ships shadowed and maneuvered dangerously close to a U.S. Navy vessel in the South China Sea, according to the Pentagon.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the U.S. has protested the action. The United States will continue to operate in those international waters, he said, and the Chinese must observe international law.
"On March 8, 2009, five Chinese vessels shadowed and aggressively maneuvered in dangerously close proximity to USNS Impeccable, in an apparent coordinated effort to harass the U.S. ocean surveillance ship while it was conducting routine operations in international waters," the Pentagon said.
The Chinese ships included a Chinese Navy intelligence collection ship, a Bureau of Maritime Fisheries Patrol Vessel, a State Oceanographic Administration patrol vessel, and two small Chinese-flagged trawlers, officials said.
"The Chinese vessels surrounded USNS Impeccable, two of them closing to within 50 feet, waving Chinese flags and telling Impeccable to leave the area," defense officials said in the statement.
Originally posted by tezzajw
Two superpowers playing down a 'collision'? Fair enough, whatever they need to do to make the spin sound good...
China's got some balls, tagging a US boat. Why not though, it's a 'free' ocean, isn't it?
I guess that both sides have to be out scouting around to justify each other's armed forces ad navys. Imagine, if neither of them was worried about the other, then they could all stay home in peace. Paranoid and delusional - all of them.