Donald trump says china can ‘keep’ the drone they stole _ daily mail online

Trump fired off his criticism nearly two days after the Chinese Navy seized an unmanned underwater glider in the South China Sea on December 15

‘China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters – rips it out of water and takes it to China in unpresidented (sic) act,’ Trump wrote in a misspelled tweet on Saturday morning.

Trump deleted his original tweet, posted at 4.30am, after he was ridiculed online and later issued the same message with the correct spelling.

The billionaire, who has vowed to take an aggressive approach in dealing with China over its economic and military policies, jumped on the unusual drone seizure with a pair of provocative tweets, accusing Beijing of stealing the equipment.

‘Through direct engagement with Chinese authorities, we have secured an understanding that the Chinese will return the UUV to the United States,’ Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement.

Trump’s comments come just weeks after he potentially thrust US relations with China into chaos after receiving a call from Taiwan’s president

His inflammatory message came after a Chinese official said the country was in talks with the American military for a ‘smooth resolution’ over the drone, earlier on Saturday.

‘China decided to return it to the US side in an appropriate manner, and China and the US have all along been in communication about it,’ the statement read.

‘During this process, the US side’s unilateral and open hyping up is inappropriate and is not beneficial to the smooth resolution of this issue,’ it added.

The capture – the first of its kind in recent memory – occurred just as the USNS Bowditch, an American oceanographic survey ship, was about to retrieve the unmanned underwater glider.

When the Bowditch stopped to collect the underwater equipment, a Chinese warship that had been following it dropped a boat into the water, pulled up alongside the US vessel and snatched the drone, according to CNN.

The USS Bowditch had been sampling and data collection of surface, midwater and ocean floor measurements, and US officials received no reply from the Chinese when they radioed to state the drone was American.

The US crew had hoped to start communications with the Chinese vessel to get the drone back, but the ship eventually responded to say it was returning to normal operations and left the area, according to NBC News.

US officials issued a formal diplomatic complaint over the seizure and demanded the return of the $150,000 drone, which was collecting unclassified scientific data.

Meanwhile, China’s Defense Ministry claimed that a Chinese navy lifeboat had discovered what first appeared to be a peace of ‘unidentified equipment’.

The incident took place on December 15 northwest of Subic Bay just as the USNS Bowditch (pictured), an oceanographic survey ship, was about to retrieve the unmanned vehicle

China’s Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said the vessel removed the item ‘in order to prevent this device from posing a danger to the navigation of passing ships and personnel’.

‘It’s a sovereign immune vessel,’ a US official said of the drone, adding that it was ‘clearly marked in English not to be removed from the water – that it was US property’.

Arizona Sen John McCain, who is the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, called the seizure a ‘flagrant violation of the freedom of the seas’.

‘China had no right to seize this vehicle. Great britain currency symbol And the United States must not stand for such outrageous conduct,’ he wrote in a statement released on Saturday.

‘This brazen provocation fits a pattern of increasingly destabilizing Chinese behavior, including bullying its neighbors and militarizing the South China Sea.’

‘Freedom of the seas and the principles of the rules-based order are not self-enforcing. What currency does uk use American leadership is required in their defense. Currency of london england But that leadership has been sorely lacking,’ he added, hitting out at Obama.

Before the defense ministry issued its statement, China said on Saturday that it was in contact with its American counterparts on ‘appropriately handling’ the seizure, one of the most serious incidents between the two militaries in years.

‘According to (our) understanding, the US and Chinese sides are working on appropriately handling this matter through channels between the two militaries,’ the foreign ministry said in a statement.

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The president-elect’s inflammatory tweet comes just weeks after he potentially thrust US relations with China in chaos after receiving a call from Taiwan’s president and criticizing China’s government.

Chinese admiral Yang Yi said he was unsure of the reasoning behind seizing the drone, but said Trump’s recent comments had hurt the relationship between the two nations.

‘It’s natural for us to take possession of and research for a bit these types of things that America sends to our doorstep,’ Yang told the Global Times.

China’s media outlets have speculated whether Trump’s protocol-shattering call with Tsai Ing-wen and his subsequent Twitter tirade against Beijing’s policies could upend the delicate balance between the world’s two largest economies.

‘Provoking friction and messing up China-US relations won’t help ‘make America great again’,’ a front-page opinion piece in China’s People’s Daily said.

The nationalist Global Times newspaper’s Chinese edition also ran a page-one story on Trump’s ‘inability to keep his mouth shut’, damning his ‘provocation and falsehoods’.

Trump fired off two tweets on Sunday blasting China for devaluing its currency, taxing American imports, and building military installations in the South China Sea.