Hagel Says China’s Actions in South China Sea Are Destabilizing

May 31, 2014 1:29 AM

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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today spelled out a series of Chinese actions in parts of the disputed South China Sea and said they were destabilizing the region.

While China has said it wants a “sea of peace, friendship and cooperation,” in recent months it “has undertaken destabilizing, unilateral actions asserting its claims in the South China Sea,” Hagel said in prepared remarks at an annual security conference in Singapore.

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