I'm trying to figure out this US-China naval row. The US says the Chinese surrounded their ship, China says the USNS Impeccable was illegally surveying Chinese waters, and apparently the crew on the unarmed Impeccable had to use fire hoses - FIRE HOSES - in self-defense.
Anyway, the Secretary of State and China's Foreign Minister spoke yesterday and agreed to work to avoid further incidents. This happened eight years ago at the beginning of Bush's regime with a mid-air collision and 24 Naval airmen briefly held on Hainan Island. I would say that Obama's Administration acted a bit better, but you get the sense that China just wants to feel things out at the beginning of a new Presidency to test the boundaries.