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Chinese Naval Vessel Tries to Force U.S. Warship to Stop in International Waters

Chinese Naval Vessel Tries to Force U.S. Warship to Stop in International Waters

Landing ship sailed dangerously close to U.S. guided missile cruiser

BY: Bill Gertz
December 13, 2013 5:00 am

A Chinese naval vessel tried to force a U.S. guided missile warship to stop in international waters recently, causing a tense military standoff in the latest case of Chinese maritime harassment, according to defense officials.

The guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens, which recently took part in disaster relief operations in the Philippines, was confronted by Chinese warships in the South China Sea near Beijing’s new aircraft carrier Liaoning, according to officials familiar with the incident.

“On December 5th, while lawfully operating in international waters in the South China Sea, USS Cowpens and a PLA Navy vessel had an encounter that required maneuvering to avoid a collision,” a Navy official said.

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Ting Ting Performs "Moon Prayer" Romantic Ballad Music Video

Chines lyrics. Mr Sparkle help advise the production of this performance. 'Pi Pa' ancient Chinese instrument played.

Ting Ting performs "Moon Prayer" live in Tokyo at the Kichijoji Music Festival - Spring, 2003. Completely filmed and edited by Rob Pongi. Special thanks to Mr. Sparkle for advice during post production. Used with legal permission. In this lovely, romantic ballad, Ting Ting sings 'Moon Prayer' while playing the ancient Chinese 'Pi Pa' - a four-stringed Lute, one of the oldest Chinese musical instruments which first appeared in Chinese written texts of the second century BC. Such a performance is very rarely seen outside of China. ---

    "The Moon" (Prayer)

Moon, you are so beautiful but your heart is so cold.
Why you stare at me so intently !
I am concerned by the emptiness of peoples souls

Beauty, do you see how my heart is trembling
Light up my way, moon,
Keep me from human betrayal
I seek salvation for my sins
What can I do ?

The depth of your eyes is like crying clouds in heaven
Keep me from human betrayal
Hide me behind the clouds

Take the detached view at your life
Be good to people
God in heavens would ask us for our sins

There is no price that I would not pay
For good and noble deeds
I am ready to sacrifice my life

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

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The pilot was texting and driving and didn't see

The Cowpens.

Criminals with criminal toys

Under criminal control of genocidal psychopaths.

They lay claim to own even the water of the ocean.


Yes the USG owns all the surface water in the world.

And the EPA controls the puddles in your back yard.

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people that pay no price for being wrong.
Thomas Sowell

send them

More tech and grain.....it is probably what they are driving at lol

P.S. thanks Bill C btw for already handing over so much otherwise they would be more belligerent ;)


Gulf of Tonkin

all over again. Hold on to your butts...

USS Cowpens CG-63 Commissioning

USS COWPENS (CG 63) is the 17th AEGIS guided missile cruiser of the USS TICONDEROGA (CG 47) class. She was built at the Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. COWPENS was launched on 11 March 1989 and was commissioned on 9 March 1991 in Charleston, South Carolina.

COWPENS in San FranciscoCOWPENS and her crew - known as The Thundering Herd, or simply The Herd - left Bath Iron Works on a bitterly cold day, 9 February 1991. On 10 February, she encountered a storm that produced swells of 22 feet. While this is certainly not the worst of storms encountered by sailors, a good number of the Herd was seasick because most were either "boot sailors" - a sailor who has never been to sea - or veterans that had been on shore duty for several years and had not yet regained their sea legs. For those men it was a long couple of days or in a few cases, even a long week. For the others, however; it was just another day at the office.

After the storm, port visits were made in New York, New Jersey, Norfolk, then to the commissioning port in Charleston, South Carolina. The Herd enjoyed a beautiful March day in South Carolina, feeling quite proud during the Commissioning ceremony, and honored to meet veterans of the ship's namesake, USS COWPENS (CVL 25), the original Mighty Moo. After Commissioning, COWPENS made port calls to Curacao and Venezuela, then transited the Panama Canal and went on to her home port of San Diego where she pulled in to Pier 8 on a rainy 9 April.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

It seems like the Captain of the Cowpens took an unnecessary

risk getting that close to a Chinese warship. The primary tactical advantage that US warships appear to enjoy is long range standoff capability. This commander negated that advantage by trying to prove a point that he didn't have to deviate his course for anybody. It is a big damn ocean, go around.

Amen! Go around MF....

Cowpen skipper thinks we own the earth and the seas. Imperialist superiority at its best. I can't wait for China to Dock it's ships and subs off Cuban ports just because.....

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We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

If china continues to cause problems

We will have to repudiate our dept to them.

It makes me wonder if someone figures the only way to get out of our debt problem is a war with China. That's crazy, but I can see the process, if someone is over confident with our military prowess.

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It would have to be a much worse situation for that to happen.

There is a symbiotic relationship between the two, and both have leverage over the other. I think we will see a devaluation of the dollar (overnight,out of the blue) before repudiating any debt. China knows it risks a devaluation, but our market is too valuable to them to create much of a stink if it happens.
On the other hand, the Chinese are known to not back down when they claim territorial rights, regardless of the consequences, so nothing would surprise me. It all boils down to military. If Russia joins them, it would not look good for the U.S., and then, of course, you have WWIII.
Taiwan has been at a standstill for a long time, so hopefully these contested islands will stalemate as well. At some point though, all the stalemates break.

Undo what Wilson did

By the way - what do you suppose China would do if we decided

to repudiate our debt?

That would mean simply saying that the Treasury Bonds that they paid for will never be redeemable right?

China also happens to hold HUGE (many billions) in US cash reserves - as a result of our trade deficit. Its money that we sent to China to pay for goods (not money that we borrowed from China.

Suppose China takes all that excess US cash and goes on a spending spree with it. Dumping it into the world economy? It would cause hyper inflation overnight (too many dollars chasing too few goods) and crash our economy.

Then suppose China decides to recover some of that reneged money by nationalizing all US assets in China. Many billions there too. Why shouldn't China take over GM's plants and Exxon's facilities?

How would all those billions of dollars in lost assets affect the balance sheets of US companies? It would bankrupt many of them.

Getting rid of our debt to China is not so easy as to simply write it off.

Amen Jet


Its interesting to think about

I'm not hoping that its happens, and you are right that there would be very significant, and negative ramifications.

But consider - what could china buy with those U.S. dollars ? Many countries would not take the dollars after we cancelled the debt, expecting the hyperinflation. Of course that would hurt the U.S. too, but not as much as China.

Now claiming U.S. assets would hurt, but two can play at that game, we could take all Chinese assets in the U.S. which would hurt them.

In the end, I think the key would be what some of the other asian countries with cheap labor do, would they provide the US a new market, and could the US defend these new markets from China ?

Reputiating our debt would be like a drug addict who runs up

a $100,000 debt to a drug dealer due to his $2,000 per day habit, KILLING the drug dealer and destroying all the records. And everybody knows he did it.

Okay - the debt is supposedly erased (in the best possible case if he could actually get away with it). But he still has a $2,000 per day habit.

Who is going to supply him with $2,000 in drugs per day - especially given the fact he has no money?


The U.S. would be hurt FAR more than China. China is our creditor. We would enter hyperinflation immediately and loose our world currency status, while China is a manufacturing power house. We could easily lose a war with China. It is not you're immediate inventory of weapons that wins a war, but rather your production ability over a long period of time. This is why the U.S. beat the Japanese and Germany both in WWII.

What could China buy with its dollars?

Just a for-instance.

Suppose China offered South American countries more for this year's wheat (in dollars) than the US would. China just wants to unload the currency and of course any country can use wheat. US has no choice but to bid higher - throw more money into whatever it needs. US and China might both be successful in different situations but with all those dollars out there competing for the same number of goods as the world produced in previous years - you have the classic definition of inflation "too many dollars chasing too few goods".

Hyperinflation would be currency specific. Meaning the USD

would be hurt. The yuan might be little affected. The US would be hurt worse as it depends on so many countries for everything it consumes. If no country wanted the dollar - how would we get the stuff?

China could use the ever increasingly accepted yuan, its reserves of EUs, GBPs or anything else.

US has a much greater dependency on cheap foreign goods than China has for an undependable money unit.

US has more capital assets (manufacturing plants etc.)in China than they have here. Most of China's investment in the US is in land hotels etc - that really don't produce anything.

If the US defaulted (reneged) nobody would lend it the money it needs and we are far into trade deficits. We LIVE on our past reputation. Without that we have nothing to offer the world as our money is printed like toilet paper. Once we establish a reputation of borrowing money and never paying it back nobody will trust us.

The US also has a nasty habit of doing things like slapping trade sanctions (an act of war) on other countries (we are even considering Ukraine now) at our whim. Who's to say the US wouldn't renege on bonds on a whim if it wanted to? Who wants that?

I hear people talking about repudiating our debt with China all

the time. I hope people are joking when they say that.

If we repudiate (use the right word - default) who is going to lend us the money that we still so (sadly) desperately need to borrow?

Would you be expecting the Fed to monetize ALL of it?

And almost instantly trade with China would cease. Do you think that they are anxious to send us stuff on credit when we renege?

I heard one person say that China would still send us their stuff even if we didn't pay for it or promise to - simply because they make so much that they NEED to get rid of it. I have actually heard people say that. I shake my head.

Say what you want about war mongering and the such

Thank god the commander of the Cowpens kept a level head.

People expect ground troops to be idiots, they expect ground commanders to be twitchy. Maritime etiquette is usually much more honored. And violations of such etiquette can escalate very quickly.

If the Cowpens felt an avoidance move could put the ship or the crew in harms way - or the move itself could potentially harm sailors - it would not be unreasonable for it to consider the act of blocking its lane an act of aggression and retaliate.

If that ship was not a transport ship and in fact had larger guns - you can probably put money on the Cowpens firing on it. And just imagine what that would do.

As to why they send a guided missile cruiser in a relief operation(to the Phillipines). Well, they don't just send the cruiser - they usually send an aircraft carrier - which provides the helo/air support/medical facilities, etc. That carrier needs a support group - for protection and supplies.
In the case of a relief effort - many of the personnel in this group have expertise that are needed on the ground - from logistics to medical skills to simple man power and equipment(many Marines are attached with these groups as are their amphibious assault vehicles).

Like it or not - the military has the best equipment to help. Helicopters that can carry immense payloads, vehicles equipped for harsh terrain, a carrier that can purify thousands of gallons of water, and a team of literally thousands of sailors and marines that provide labor and leadership.

I am not for using our military to bomb every country we see - but I am for using it in natural disasters.

So you like the military to rescue you.

Please OUR military? Whose military? Certianly not yours or mine. Rescue by the military sure sounds like a horror, please do not rescue me. Leave your guns and cammo your generals and captians leave your orders and leave me alone. I will rescue myself.

Compare Hurricane IKE that happened to TEXAS where the Governemnt came in and was not wanted and was in the way and a big threat to the Hurricane in New Orleans which was smaller in size. WHERE THE MILITARY WENT IN. They had blackwater mercinaries and people got shot. The military was running around disarming and killing instead of helping. Look the military is not for rescue its a NWO killing tool.


LOL- yes - the military(last I checked blackwater was private)

To compare aid within the US to aid outside is just plain silly.

Many people in the Philippines dont have the knowledge or the resources in good times to live comfortably. And even if they did - those without would eventually turn to mob rule to take it.

And you may not like seeing the US Military, but I can speak for at least two families in the Phillipines who are very grateful for their presence and help. Without them they would probably be dead.

These are people who act like we gave them a million dollars when all we do is send them our old clothes. They have nothing - like most in that country. The idea of them having the means to purify water and have a food supply - laughable. They live in real poverty - not American poverty.
When a US Marine heavy lift chopper comes in with pallets of food and water - it literally is the difference between life and death.
When they drop in simple medical supplies we take for granted - like anti-diarrhea medicines, fever reducers and anti-biotics - it is life saving.

Maybe you should take a look at that survival kit you are planning on using to rescue yourself and ask yourself a few questions.

1. Do I have the basic things I take for granted everyday
2. Do you really think the rest of the world is a two mile drive to CVS to stock up for an hours worth of pay??

You should thank God you live in a place where resources are so abundant a military chopper is an omen - not a miracle.


Quote from you last sentence

"You should thank God you live in a place where resources are so abundant a military chopper is an omen - not a miracle."

Are and idiot. I would like to stick my boot, timberline steel toe up you arsh to wake you the F up.

By the way PI has its own military to rescue so why would a foreign military have to invade to rescue? Son this rescue has nothing to do with the people who are in need for help. These people do not use compassion in how they manuver the killing machine they control.


Holy crap you have fallen into a deep dark hole

And while you may like to stick boots in places they don't belong - odds are you are completely incapable of doing so.

But even if you were - would not your action of violence against a person for stating an opinion be on par with the compassion of the killing machine? So you detest the violence of the machine - while waxing poetic about your own violence. That makes sense.

Hate the military for the violence of which you yourself hold to as a means of changing people's minds.
Seems to me maybe you are just jealous you are but one man with two boots and the military is one machine with thousands. After all - if you with two boots could wake me up - imagine how many you could wake up with thousands of boots.

Your hypocrisy clearly knows no bounds.

FAIL=hard to even read your drivle let alone understand it

Yours so dumb and lost. The military is for killing on their masters command. If they use that same killing machine to change baby diapers still dont change a thing. These people who control the military give a shit about anyone let alone a brown phillipina. A person caught in a shit storm is going to value any help. Evil people will send in military instead of real help because they always ALWAYS have other agendas. In this case they want the militiary bas back in PI. And more. Its a base to control and muppet puppet the Rothschild controlled banks of Japan and CHina.

Good luck with you view. Hope next time you find yourself in a spot you look out the window and see a Cammo military armed man comming to help your family. Hope its blackwater to take your guns and you can explain to them or the mossad that your an american and they dont have authority. Exactly who do you think Blackwater was working for? What diff again between the mercinary army and mercinary blackwater again?

PS I have lived in PI Philipine Island have you? MOst of you speach is bunk bs.


LOL- so you have lived in the Phillipines and yet know

not of the poverty?
So you are saying they DO have a CVS on every corner and all the creature comforts of preparation we have here are simply a stroll down to the corner to get? And the funds to purchase such supplies?
Tell me I am wrong. Please.

I speak only of the communication I have with the two aforementioned families. My portrayal is 100% accurate from their letters.

Perhaps you spent too much time in the corporate compound. Next time do some sight seeing.


Sovereign you sound like an independent thinker, a self-reliant, NRA, Libertarian like myself. ;-)

Yes I do alingn my self

with independent thinkers who are self reliant I do respect others who own weapons and I do align myself with most all of Ron Paul libertarianism. Sounds like we may have alot in common.

I lost my cool when that joker above commented that I would love to see military choppers comming to rescue me if that resourse was not available in this country.

I just dont get how on one hand these people come here saying that they love freedom then next sentence they post how they love to have the military to save them.

I am my military If I can save myself I sure dont want the military comming in.


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Issue with last paragraph

"I am not for using our military to bomb every country we see - but I am for using it in natural disasters."

If we must pay to keep it up so that it can deal with natural disasters -- then it will continue to be used for "for profit" purposes, as well.

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