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China confirms near miss with U.S. ship in Sth China Sea

Source: Reuters - Wed, 18 Dec 2013 02:46 AM
Author: Reuters
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BEIJING, Dec 18 (Reuters) - China said on Wednesday that a Chinese naval vessel and a U.S. warship "met" each other in the South China Sea, confirming an earlier statement from Washington that a U.S. guided missile cruiser had avoided a collision with a Chinese warship maneuvering nearby in the sea.

China's Defence Ministry issued the statement on its website ( 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. (Reporting by Sui-Lee Wee and Hui Li; Editing by Ben Blanchard and Jason Subler)

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