Tense naval encounter with Chinese warship

New video shows how close a Chinese vessel came to colliding with a U.S. destroyer. ABC News’ Lindsay Watts has the response from military leaders.
1:48 | 06/05/23

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LINDSAY WATTS: New video this morning shows just how close a Chinese warship came to a US military destroyer in the Taiwan Strait, Saturday. The video captured from aboard the USS Changchun. And additional footage of the incident coming from Canadian broadcaster Global News. Estimates are the Chinese ship was just 150 yards from the US destroyer. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin warning China's government. LLOYD AUSTIN: Do the right things to rein in that kind of conduct because I think accidents can happen that could cause things to spiral out of control. LINDSAY WATTS: China's Defense Minister is defending its warship. - [SPEAKING CHINESE] LINDSAY WATTS: Telling the US to quote, "mind your own business." And calling the US and Canadian military presence in the Taiwan Strait a "provocation." The US is seeing an alarming increase in confrontations with China. Just last week, a Chinese fighter jet flew within 400 feet of an American spy plane over the South China Sea, forcing the US plane to bounce wildly through turbulence of the fighter jet's wake. US officials criticized the maneuver as "unnecessarily aggressive" and part of a pattern by China. - They're trying to, you know, flex their muscles and advance authoritarianism. We need to stand strong. LINDSAY WATTS: The Republican chair of the US Intelligence Committee calls China's aggression "unbelievable," also highlighting that massive Chinese spy balloon that traveled across the US before being shot down. The Biden administration is looking for a diplomatic fix to the souring relations, sending a senior State Department official on a rare visit to Beijing. And China's Defense Minister declined a meeting with Defense Secretary Austin at a Security Conference in Singapore on Friday. Although, the two did have a brief discussion at dinner. Austin says more conversations are needed to avoid miscalculations that could lead to crisis.

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