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Pentagon Downplays Near-Collision in South China Sea

U.S. Defense Department officials say a December 5 near-collision between U.S. and Chinese warships in the South China Sea was resolved in a routine, professional manner, and they are downplaying reports that the incident raised tensions between the two militaries. Officials said the near-collision happened December 5, but it was not until several days later - after media had reported it - that they commented on the incident. U.S. Defense Department spokesman Army Colonel Steve Warren...

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