BEIJING Dec 17 China has seized "unidentified"
equipment it found in the South China Sea, the influential
state-run tabloid the Global Times said on Saturday, a day after
U.S. officials said a Chinese warship had taken a U.S.
The Global Times cited a Chinese military source as saying
Beijing believed the incident involving the U.S. drone, which
triggered a formal diplomatic protest and a demand for its
return, would be resolved "smoothly".
It said the equipment, which U.S. officials said was
deployed by an American oceanographic vessel, was checked to
prevent any navigational issues in the disputed waters.
(Reporting by Josephine Mason and Meng Meng; Editing by Paul