The collision at sea that left 10 U.S. Navy sailors missing on Monday was met with "applause from Chinese netizens," according to an unsigned editorial that ran in Beijing state media.
The USS John S. McCain collided with a tanker on Monday in heavily trafficked waters near Singapore. The hyper-nationalist Global Times claimed the Chinese reaction "reflects the sentiment of Chinese society toward the activities of the U.S. Navy in the South China Sea."
The South China Sea is a vast body of water that contains some of the world's busiest shipping lanes. Beijing claims most of the sea as its own, even portions that extend about 1,000 miles from Chinese shores. The United States and several Asian countries dispute those claims.
Monday's accident east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca came after another Navy ship, the USS Fitzgerald, was in a collision off the coast of Japan in June. That warship hit a container vessel.