"It is time to call an end to it. It might be that the US military wanted to flex its muscles, but the Barack Obama administration managed to bring the situation under control for the good of both countries."
Earlier this month, the Pentagon revealed that one of its unarmed maritime surveillance ships had been harassed by five Chinese naval boats in waters some 75 miles off the southern Chinese island of Hainan. China said the US ship was engaged in spying. The Pentagon then raised the stakes by sending in a destroyer to protect the USNS Impeccable as it carries out its surveys in the region.