This file photo taken on October 21, 2015 shows a US Air Force MQ-1B Predator remotely piloted aircraft as it flies overhead during a training mission in Nevada. The United States is the only country operating drones over Yemen. (AFP Photo)
A journalist watches a screen showing a press release from the South Korean Ministry of the Interior about the birth map showing the number of women in childbearing age at his office in Seoul, South Korea.The letters at left top read “Birth Map.” (AP Photo)
A file photo of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. (Reuters)
China’s defense ministry said on Saturday it plans to return an underwater US drone seized this week by a Chinese naval vessel in the South China Sea, but complained the United States was “hyping up” the incident.
The drone was taken on Thursday, the first seizure of its kind in recent memory. It prompted the Pentagon to go public with a diplomatic complaint, and drew criticism from US President-elect Donald Trump, who has vowed to take a more aggressive approach in dealing with Beijing.
The drone was collecting data about the salinity, temperature and clarity of the water about 50 nautical miles northwest of Subic Bay, off the Philippines, and was seized just as the USNS Bowditch was about to retrieve it, US officials said.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte boasted again Friday he had killed criminals, as he vowed no let up in his war on drugs that has already claimed thousands of lives.
A Chinese warship has seized an underwater drone deployed by a US oceanographic vessel in the South China Sea, triggering a formal diplomatic protest and a demand for its return, US officials told Reuters on Friday.