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Saturday, December 17, 2016
'UNLAWFUL': China to return seized US Navy drone, Pentagon says
The Pentagon said Saturday that China will return a U.S. Navy drone seized in the international waters of the South China Sea.
"We have registered our objection to China's unlawful seizure, of a U.S. unmanned-underwater vehicle,” Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said. “Through direct engagement with Chinese authorities, we have secured an understanding that the Chinese will return the UUV to the United States."
Earlier Saturday, President-elect Donald Trump got involved in the controversy with a tweet that accused the Chinese of stealing the drone and ripping “it out of water.”
He tweeted at about 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
Trump, a Republican, called the seizure Thursday “unpresidented,” though he needed to delete and replace the original tweet to correct the spelling of the word.
China's seizure is being considered by some observers as one of the most significant disputes in years between the world super powers and follows Trump’s post-election victory call with the president of Taiwan.