BY SUI-LEE WEE
BEIJING Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:23am EST
China on Wednesday confirmed
an incident between a Chinese naval vessel and a U.S.
warship in the South China Sea, after Washington
guided missile cruiser had avoided a collision with a Chinese warship
maneuvering nearby. U.S.
Experts have said the near-miss between the USS Cowpens and a Chinese warship operating near
China's only aircraft
carrier, the Liaoning, was the most significant
U.S.-China maritime incident in the disputed South China
Sea since 2009.