China Returns Seized Underwater US Drone

Beijing, China returned a US underwater drone seized by the Chinese navy in international waters of the contentious South China Sea, in one of the most serious confrontations between the powers in decades.

The drone was handed over some 92km north-west of Subic Bay in the Philippines, officials said.

“After friendly consultations between the Chinese and US sides, the handover was smoothly completed at midday,” China’s defence ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

A Chinese Navy ship seized the unmanned drone 92km (57 miles) north-west of Subic Bay near the Philippines in the South China Sea last Thursday.

On the other hand, the US said it would continue to “fly, sail, and operate in the South China Sea” where international law allows.

The Pentagon described the incident as inconsistent with international law and codes of conduct between navies at sea, and added that it would continue to investigate.

According to the (CNN) the Pentagon said the drone, known as an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV), was being used to carry out scientific research at the time it was captured.

Source: Qatar News Agency