A Chinese warship conducted an “unsafe maritime interaction” by crossing the bow of an American warship at 150 yards in the Taiwan Strait. The incident occurred during a transit operation in international waters and involved the American destroyer USS Chung-Hoon and the Canadian frigate HMCS Montreal. The encounter comes amid increasing tensions in the region and China’s provocative behavior, prompting concerns about potential miscalculations or escalations.
- Unsafe maritime interaction: A Chinese warship crossed the bow of an American warship at a close distance of 150 yards, forcing the U.S. Navy destroyer to take evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision.
- Location and context: The incident took place in the Taiwan Strait, which separates the Chinese mainland and Taiwan. It comes as tensions escalate in the region due to China’s territorial claims and increasing provocative behavior.
- Coordinated harassment: U.S. officials believe that the harassment incidents, including the recent encounter with the Chinese fighter jet, are coordinated and becoming more frequent. Concerns are rising about potential miscalculations or escalations in the South China Sea, East China Sea, and Taiwan Strait.