TTXVN-VNA | 30-12-2016 | 18:54 |
Hanoi (VNA) - A Chinese warship has seized an underwater drone deployed by a US oceanographic vessel in the East Sea, triggering a formal diplomatic protest and a demand for its return, US officials said.
The Pentagon also confirmed the incident at a news briefing. It said the drone used commercially available technology.
The Pentagon viewed China's seizure seriously since it had effectively taken US military property.
The seizure by the Chinese Navy will add to concerns about China's growing military presence and aggressive posture in the East Sea, including its militarization of maritime outposts./.