During joint exercises with Canada in the Taiwan Strait, a Chinese warship narrowly avoided a collision with the USS Chung-Hoon, coming within 150 yards of the American destroyer, Your Content has learned.
The incident took place against the backdrop of escalating tensions between the United States and China in the South China Sea.
Eyewitnesses from Canada’s Global News, stationed on the HMCS Montreal, observed the Chinese ship accelerating and abruptly cutting in front of the USS Chung-Hoon, sending a clear warning of an imminent collision unless the American vessel altered its course.
Promptly, the U.S. responded by instructing the Chinese ship to maintain a safe distance, and at the last moment, the Chinese vessel changed its trajectory.
In light of this close call, the USS Chung-Hoon was compelled to reduce its speed and adjust its course.
Commander Paul Mountford of the HMCS Montreal criticized the Chinese actions, labeling them as unprofessional and asserting that the incident was undeniably initiated by the Chinese, according to FOX News.