China confirms near miss with US ship in S. China Sea

China confirms near miss with US ship in S. China Sea
When a U.S. guided missile cruiser shadowing China's only aircraft carrier in the South China Sea earlier this month was forced to change course to avoid hitting a smaller Chinese warship

BEIJING - China said on Wednesday that a Chinese naval vessel and a US warship "met" each other in the South China Sea, confirming an earlier statement from Washington that a US guided missile cruiser had avoided a collision with a Chinese warship manoeuvring nearby in the sea.

China's Defence Ministry issued the statement on its website (www.mod.gov.cn) after Washington said last week its ship was forced to take evasive action on Dec. 5 to avoid a collision.

"During the encounter, the Chinese naval vessels properly handled it in accordance with strict protocol," the ministry said.

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