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US, Chinese Warships Avert Near-Collision in South China Sea

U.S. defense officials say a U.S. guided missile cruiser steaming in the South China Sea was forced to take evasive action last week to avoid colliding with a Chinese warship. Officials say the near-miss occurred December 5, as the USS Cowpens maneuvered in international waters in the vicinity of China's only aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. There has been no comment on the incident from Beijing. In a statement Friday, the headquarters of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said another Chinese...

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