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China Confirms Near Collision With US Ship

China has confirmed an incident earlier this month in which a U.S. missile cruiser nearly collided with a Chinese warship in the South China Sea.Beijing's defense ministry says the Chinese vessel was conducting normal patrols on December 5, when it met the USS Cowpens. The statement said the encounter was handled "in accordance with strict protocol." It noted both sides have discussed the incident "through normal channels."The United States says its ship was...

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