Hagel to Beijing: U.S. 'will not look the other way' in Asia's territorial disputes

May 31, 2014 9:04 PM

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Hagel to Beijing: U.S. 'will not look the other way' in Asia's territorial disputes

SINGAPORE -- 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, U.S. Defence 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.

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