December 18, 2016


China to return seized U.S. drone, says Washington 'hyping up' incident (Ben Blanchard and Steve Holland, 12/17/16, Reuters)

China's Defense Ministry said a Chinese naval vessel discovered a piece of "unidentified equipment" and checked it to prevent any navigational safety issues before discovering it was a U.S. drone.

"China decided to return it to the U.S. side in an appropriate manner, and China and the U.S. have all along been in communication about it," the ministry said on its website.

"During this process, the U.S. side's unilateral and open hyping up is inappropriate, and is not beneficial to the smooth resolution of this issue. We express regret at this," it added.

Posted by at December 18, 2016 9:19 AM


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