Politicians want China to return stolen underwater drone and an apology
A member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said not only should China return the U.S. Navy drone it seized in the South China Sea, but the administration should demand an apology from Beijing.The Chicom thieves should have to return the stolen drone. This may be a premature test of President-elect Trump's resolve. Or it could be just another attempt to demonstrate just how impotent Obama's response will be.
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) said President Obama should also recall the U.S. ambassador from Beijing.
“This brazenly hostile act is outrageous and must be met with a firm response. The U.S. Navy was operating in international waters conducting a standard exercise," said Gardner, chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy. "...The United States must send a message to China, unilaterally and through the United Nations, that if its hostile behavior in the South China Sea continues, there will be repercussions.”
According to the Pentagon, China "unlawfully seized" the drone Thursday in the South China Sea "while it was being recovered by a U.S. Navy oceanographic survey ship."