December 19, 2016

China Agrees to Return Seized Drone, Ending Standoff, Pentagon Says

Featuring Dr. Mira Rapp-Hooper

Source: The New York Times

Journalists Jane Perlez, Matthew Rosenberg

BEIJING — The Pentagon on Saturday said that Beijing had agreed to return an underwater drone seized by China in international waters, an indication that the two countries were moving to resolve an unusual incident that risked sharpening tensions in the run-up to the inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump.

“Through direct engagement with Chinese authorities, we have secured an understanding that the Chinese will return the U.U.V. to the United States,” said Peter Cook, the Pentagon press secretary, using initials to refer to the Navy’s unmanned underwater vehicle.

Mr. Cook said the deal had been reached after the United States “registered our objection to China’s unlawful seizure of a U.S. unmanned underwater vehicle operating in international waters in the South China Sea.”

Read the full article at The New York Times.

  • Dr. Mira Rapp-Hooper

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Dr. Mira Rapp-Hooper is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at CNAS. She is formerly a Fellow with the CSIS Asia Program and Director of the CSIS A...