China says issue over seized US underwater drone to be resolved smoothly: Global Times

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 17, 2016 1:13 AM

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has seized "unidentified" equipment it found in the South China Sea, the influential state-run tabloid the Global Times said on Saturday, a day after U.S. officials said a Chinese warship had taken a U.S. underwater drone.

The Global Times cited a Chinese military source as saying Beijing believed the incident involving the U.S. drone, which triggered a formal diplomatic protest and a demand for its return, would be resolved "smoothly".

It said the equipment, which U.S. officials said was deployed by an American oceanographic vessel, was checked to prevent any navigational issues in the disputed waters.

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(Reporting by Josephine Mason and Meng Meng; Editing by Paul Tait)