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Default Re: Trump says US should let China keep the drone

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I see few here understand the facts.

The Ship was Owned by the US Navy but was under private contract to map the area. It is officially a Research vessel operated by civilians who had not defense or authority to use a defense.

The Chinese came within a 1/4 mile of the US Flagged vessel and simply snatched the device as it surfaced by a hand grab into a small speed boat from a Chinese flagged Sub tender surface ship.

The data being collected is likely unclassified but it's collection was for the purpose of creating a data base for our own sub operations in the area,,, "should we chose to do so."

There is no classified data or secret technology devices on the drone. It might cost $150K but a single cruise missile ( Of which we launched hundreds into Libya) cost 7 times as much.

So Trump's point is "Your bad manners have awarded you nothing of ours that's worth a negotiation. Keep it."

ART OF THE DEAL..; a good read.
Pickune details. The bigger picture is China's continued intransigence concerning the South China Sea and its Nine Dash Line which you conveniently failed to address.

Trump?

@realDonaldTrump 2:57pm 17 Dec. 2016: China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters - rips it out of the water and takes it to China in unpresidented act.

@realDonaldTrump 1:59am 18 Dec. 2016: We should tell China we don't want the drone they stole back.- let them keep it!

This is the new president of the United States of America. Twitting like a teenager in mom's basement. You get what the Electoral College voted for.
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