World View: China Naval Vessel Confronts U.S. Warship in International Waters

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  • China naval vessel confronts U.S. warship in international waters
  • New bombings in Mali mean France will have to stay longer

China naval vessel confronts U.S. warship in international waters

The guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CNN)
The guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CNN)

A Chinese naval vessel confronted the USS Cowpens, a guided missile warship, in international waters on December 6, forcing the U.S. vessel to take evasive action to avoid a collision. The Chinese action was deliberate, and was apparently taken to prevent the U.S. warship from conducting surveillance on China's aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. The confrontation took place in the South China Sea in international waters. China is claiming territory in the South China Sea that has historically belonged to Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, while Japan itself is facing daily military confrontations with China around the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. However, the December 6 confrontation occurred entirely in international waters, according to U.S. officials. CNN and Free Beacon

New bombings in Mali mean France will have to stay longer

A bomb explosion killed and wounded several United Nations peacekeepers on Saturday in the supposedly secure town of Kidal in northern Mali. At the same time, at least 80 Islamic radicals carried out an attack on a Tuareg camp in Teringuite, also in northern Mali, with unknown casualties. These twin assaults are the worst in northern Mali in recent weeks. France send 4,000 troops to Mali earlier this year, and had hoped to have them all home by now. Instead, France is going to find it difficult to leave Mali and, at the same time, France has just sent 1,600 new troops to Central American Republic, where the violence between Christians and Muslims continues to spiral out of control. AP


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