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China to return seized U.S. drone

Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 00:50

Officials say China will return an underwater U.S. drone seized by a naval vessel this week in the South China Sea, as Beijing says that Washington had been ''hyping up'' the incident. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Chinese state media announces that China will return an underwater U.S. drone seized by a naval vessel this week in the South China Sea. But Beijing is complaining that Washington has hyped up the issue -- publicly. The Pentagon went public with its complaint and said it had secured a deal to get the drone back. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who has vowed to take an aggressive approach with China --jumped on the unusual drone seizure with a pair of provocative tweets -- accusing Beijing of stealing the equipment. U.S. officials say the drone was seized just as the USNS Bowditch was about to retrieve it. The Pentagon says the drone was operating lawfully, collecting data about the salinity, temperature and clarity of the water.

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China to return seized U.S. drone

Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 00:50