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China says it has handed over US drone taken in South China Sea

BEIJING: China has returned a US underwater drone taken by a Chinese naval vessel in the disputed South China Sea last week after what China's Defence Ministry said were "friendly" talks between the two countries. The United States acknowledged receipt of the unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) and criticised China for the seizure, saying it was "inconsistent with both international law and standards of professionalism for conduct between navies at sea." China's capture of the drone triggered a diplomatic protest and…

China says discussing return of undersea drone with US military

BEIJING: The Chinese and US militaries are having "unimpeded" talks about the return of US underwater drone taken by a Chinese naval vessel in the South China Sea last week, China's foreign ministry said on Monday. The drone, known as an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV), was taken on Thursday in waters off the coast of the Philippines, the first seizure of its kind in recent memory. The Pentagon went public with its complaint about the incident and said on Saturday it had secured a deal to get the drone back. China's…