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Hagel spars with China over territorial disputes: China's aggressive moves to claim jurisdiction ove... #airforce

Hagel spars with China over territorial disputes: China's aggressive moves to claim jurisdiction ove... #airforce

China's aggressive moves to claim jurisdiction over land and sky in the Asia-Pacific risk undermining peace and security in the region and beyond, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday. Beijing scoffed at the "groundless" charges. Hagel told an international security conference that the United States "will not look the other way" when China and others try to restrict navigation or ignore international rules and standards. China's territorial claims in the South China Sea are destabilizing the region, he said, adding that Beijing's failure to resolve such disputes threatens East Asia's long-term progress. A Chinese general took issue with Hagel's comments, saying that "although I do think that those criticisms are groundless, I do appreciate your candor." Lt. Gen. Wang Guanzhong, deputy chief of the General Staff, told Hagel during a brief meeting after the defense se...

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