President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Saturday morning: “China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters – rips it out of water and takes it to China in unprecedented act.” How will the crisis be resolved during a presidential transition?
In our October transition crisis management conference at the George H. W. Bush Library, the White House Transition Project convened experts to consider just such a question using a scenario involving an incident in the South China Sea. Such a crisis situation has come to pass. Days after the Chinese Defense Ministry indicated it had located weapons on the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, a crew from a Chinese warship grabbed a United States underwater drone in international waters.
Watch former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card; former Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh III; Ambassadors Larry Napper and Andrew Natsios discuss what would happen if there were a December incident involving China and the United States in the South China Sea. The scenario was written by Duke University professors Peter D. Feaver, who served as Special Advisor for Planning to the National Security Council from 2005-2007 and Timothy Nichols, a Marine intelligence officer with experience in counter terrorism. (Click on the Red Banner above for more information)
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