QuestionYes it's bullying and very poor seamanship by the CO of the PLAN DDG. If the shoe was on the other foot, imagine the bellicose screaming that would be emanating from Beijing. That was a direct act of provocation by the PLAN.
Did the Captain of the Chinese ship make the decision to get that close or was it a directive from higher up?
We could speculate that answer but I would not be surprised if it happens again.