US, Russia warships nearly collide in the Pacific

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Published: 06/07/2019 12:39 PM

Gen. Jack Keane on the near collision between Russian and U.S. warships in the East China Sea. FOX Business Network (FBN) is a financial news channel delivering real-time information across all platforms that impact both Main Street and Wall Street. Headquartered in New York — the business cap...

With breaking news, the us navy is saying that a russian destroyer came within 50 to 100 feet of a us missile cruiser in the philippine sea, forcing it to reverse in order to avoid collision. This is russian president vladimir putin and chinese president xi. Jinping signed deals worth twenty billion dollars amid heightened tensions with the united states. During a visit to moscow. This week, presi ...
ent xi jinping described putin, as quote his best friend joining me right now, is retired, four-star general fox news, senior strategic, analyst, general jack, keen general, always a pleasure good to see you this morning, you're good to see him. I said what was that a poke in the eye at presidenttrump he's my best friend yeah. I think it's it's it's president trump, it's it's the world stage, certainly they're very cognizant of the fact that the west is celebrating and honoring the d-day invasion, and what an epic event that that was. I mean these are too authoritarian, repressive regimes that have a number of things in common that they clearly want to change the international order as it currently exists. They want their own sphere of influence. They obviously look at the united states as an adversary, much more than just a just a competitor and they intimidate and and coerce our allies on a regular basis. I don't believe that this is an alliance like nato orsome of the other relationships the united states has. I do believe they move closer together to be sure, but they have historic differences that that deal with fundamental trust and reliability with each other.

That normally have a tendency to play out over time yeah. But what do you think went on this morning in the philippine sea? Let'S talk about this near-collision where the us vessel had to actually maneuver as not to get hit by the russian vessel yeah this kind of harassment, who are the countries who do this? This is russia, does it china, does it politically and also the iranians with patrol boats? Does the united states or any of our allies do anythinglike this? No, why do they do it? They do it for harassment. They do it to get a headline. They do it to remind that there are a powerful nation, and the best way to deal with these guys is to ignore it. The worst thing to do would be to escalate and respond, even though your instincts are to do that. You know, because they kind of punch this in a nose a little bit and the instinct is to return the favor. No, we don't want to do that. Just go on about our business and keep doing our business. If, if it got to the point where obviously lives are being threatened and we would haveto take some kind of action, but for and these are dangerous things - i don't want to minimize them when you come that close and a navy ship has to go all reverse Engines, obviously, that that is potentially a collision yeah. I know, but i mean if china is also doing this, do we have a plan to fight back in all of this bullying i mean, even when you look at what china is doing in terms of threatening. You know that it's not going to import rare earth, minerals or the way that it bullied fedex the other day. So it's not just things in the military, but the this this overall, as you say, as youcalled it in the past, is it gray zone yeah? China'S? It'S grey zone operations, russia, it's hybrid warfare.

Both countries are operating below the level of conflict. They actually believe they're on some kind of a war footing right now against the united states. They just redefine warfare and it's information operations. It'S intimidation, its coercion is violating air and maritime rights. It'S it's clearly major disinformation campaigns that that they run interfering in elections. All of that undermine our government weaken a connection between the people and its confidence in government and same thing with our allies. I have been briefed because i've been criticizing administration for not having a comprehensive hold of government strategy to deal withthis, particularly with china and - and i went through the details of that it's classified and we do have a strategy and we are out there working against them. With our allies, okay, the previous administration just did nothing absolutely nothing to contain them. This administration is, it's got a plan and they're working with our allies. So that's good. Let me ask you general, the president, coming home now, after his european visit, the president wrapping up his trip to europe, of course commemorating the 75th anniversary of d-day, watching a patriotic flyover with french president emmanuel macron, the president toured the us military cemetery at normandy. Speaking to veterans, his speech certainly won high applause, what was yourreaction to the president's trip and the reception that he was given well.

First of all, i thought the beginning of the trip in england and his relationship with the queen is obvious. It'S personable that it goes beyond the normal relationship. It'S probably a testimony as to why it was a state visit to be sure he grew up in a family that had great reverence and respect for this queen, and now he has a relationship whether it must pitch himself a little bit. You know in terms of what's happened to him on a personal personal basis. He also really threw a bone to the to england in in terms of we're gon na we're gon na do adeal after brexit a major major trade deal, and that that is really good news and, of course, what happened in d-day. I think it's. The best speech he's made since he's been president yeah. It was very moving and it was nice to see the commemoration. We honored these folks these people who took the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedom, so we will honor them forever. General. It'S good to see you thanks so much yeah good talking to you. Thank you, general jack, keen, they're joining us.

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