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China Responds: Will Return Stolen Drone, "Regrets US Hype"
12-17-2016, 12:56 PM,
China Responds: Will Return Stolen Drone, "Regrets US Hype"
China Responds: Will Return Stolen Drone, "Regrets US Hype"

<p>Shortly after president-elect Trump's &quot;unprecedented action&quot; tweet, Chinese authorities responded via their mouthpiece The China People's Daily:</p>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="">#Update</a>: China will return equipment identified as US underwater drone, and regrets the US publicly hyping the incident: Ministry of Defense <a href=""></a></p>
<p>&mdash; People's Daily,China (@PDChina) <a href="">December 17, 2016</a></p></blockquote>
<script src="//"></script><p><a href=";SECTION=HOME&amp;TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&amp;CTIME=2016-12-17-10-39-22">As AP reports</a>, China said Saturday that <strong>its military seized a U.S. Navy unmanned underwater glider in the South China Sea to ensure the &quot;safe navigation of passing ships,&quot;</strong> in one of the most serious incidents between the two militaries in years.</p>
<blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun issued a statement late Saturday saying that a Chinese navy lifeboat discovered an unknown device in the South China Sea on Thursday.<strong> &quot;In order to prevent this device from posing a danger to the safe navigation of passing ships and personnel, the Chinese lifeboat adopted a professional and responsible attitude in investigating and verifying the device,&quot; </strong>Yang said.</p>
<p>The statement said that after verifying that the device was an American unmanned submerged device,<strong><em> &quot;China decided to transfer it to the U.S. through appropriate means.&quot;</em></strong></p>
<p><strong>The statement also accused the U.S. of long deploying ships &quot;in China's presence&quot; to conduct &quot;military surveying.&quot;</strong></p>
<p>&quot;China is resolutely opposed to this and requests the U.S. stop such activities,&quot; it said. &quot;China will continue to maintain vigilance against the relevant U.S. activities and will take necessary measures to deal with them.&quot;</p>
<p>Earlier Saturday, China's foreign ministry said the country's military was<strong> in contact with its American counterparts on &quot;appropriately handling&quot; the incident,</strong> though it offered no details on what discussions were underway.</p>
<p>In a separate report, the paper quoted retired Chinese admiral Yang Yi as saying China considered itself well within its rights to seize the drone.</p>
<blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong>&quot;If China needs to take it, we'll take it. (America) can't block us,&quot;</strong> Yang was quoted as saying.</p>
<p>Yang said he was unsure of the purpose of seizing the drone, but <strong>didn't think the matter qualified as a &quot;military conflict.&quot;</strong></p>
<p>However, he added that the<strong> chances of a confrontation had risen following Trump's recent comments</strong>, which were seen as testing China's bottom line on Taiwan and other sensitive issues.</p>
<p>&quot;It's natural for us to take possession of and research for a bit these types of things that America sends to our doorstep,&quot; Yang said. <em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>&quot;The louder they shout, the more their protests ring hollow.&quot;</strong></span></em></p>
<p>As we concluded earlier, the drone seizure coincided with sabre-rattling from Chinese state media and some in its military establishment after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump cast doubt on whether Washington would stick to its nearly four-decades-old policy of recognizing that Taiwan is part of &quot;one China,&quot; and as China devalues its currency to the weakest against the dollar since May 2008, Trump's comments also drew reaction from China's finance minister...</p>
<blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong>China hopes there won't be a trade war with the United States, but it will take &quot;appropriate steps&quot; to cope with that possibility, </strong>a Chinese vice finance minister said on Saturday.</p>
<p>Zhu Guangyao, addressing an economic forum at a time of rising tensions with Washington, said <strong>both countries should abandon a &quot;zero sum&quot; mentality </strong>and seek to improve to improve economic and trade cooperation.</p>
<p>On Friday, Obama said it was appropriate for Trump to take a fresh look at U.S. policy toward Taiwan, but he cautioned that a shift could lead to significant consequences in the U.S. relationship with Beijing, as the notion that Taiwan is part of &quot;one China&quot; is central to China's view of itself as a nation. For now, Trump is ignoring Obama's advice and instead is more focused on venting about one-off &quot;precedents&quot; using Twitter without an autocorrect function.</p>

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