The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant vessel in the Straits of Malacca at 5:24 am local time on Monday morning, resulting in one confirmed U.S. Navy casualty, nine sailors still missing, and several others injured.
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Satellite photograph showing Chinese ships near Thitu (Pag-asa) Island (Photo: AMTI)
(Photo: US Navy)
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(Photo: Center for Strategic and International Studies/Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, DigitalGlobe)
Despite last month’s U.S. Navy operation near Chinese-occupied Mischief Reef in the South China Sea, influential commentators have offered increasingly dire warnings about the failure of U.S. policy to prevent growing Chinese dominance in the region.