China’s Navy seizes American underwater drone in South China Sea

Daily News Article - December 19, 2016


1. Define the following as used in the article:
-international waters

2. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

3. a) What is the USNS Bowditch?
b) How was the unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) being used?

4. a) Describe the incident that occurred on Friday, including China’s response.
b) How did one U.S. official describe the UUV? How did the Chinese know they were stealing our drone?

5. Describe the official U.S. response to China’s action.

6. In addition to the theft of the U.S. drone, what recent actions by China in the South China Sea are viewed with concern?

7. a) As of Saturday, the Chinese acknowledged the U.S. demarche, but had not responded, officials said. Then Chinese officials said we were making a big deal over nothing. What do you think of the U.S. response to China’s seizure of our drone? (not tough enough, too aggressive, the correct reaction to China)? Explain your answer.
b) Ask a parent: Do you think Donald Trump will do a better or worse job than President Obama in dealing with an aggressive China? Explain your answer.