Chinese Warship Sails Close to U.S. Destroyer 

The defense secretary says the U.S. “will not flinch in the face of bullying.”

On Saturday in the Taiwan Strait, a Chinese warship sailed dangerously close to the USS Chung-Hoon, which was conducting an “official patrol.” The Chinese craft crossed in front of the destroyer at 150 yards. 

The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command stated the Chinese ship was operating in an “unsafe manner,” and not in “accordance with international law.” The command said the U.S. is committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific, adding, “The U.S. military flies, sails, and operates safely and responsibly anywhere international law allows.”

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, while in Singapore, said, “To be clear, we do not seek conflict or confrontation, but we will not flinch in the face of bullying or coercion,” to which the Chinese minister replied, “Mind your own business.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for the president as commander in chief.
  • For discernment for Secretary Austin as he interacts with foreign military ministers.
  • For Admiral John Aquilino to be prudent as he heads the Indo-Pacific Command.

Sources: Politico, Washington Examiner, CBN 


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