US accuses China of 'destabilising' acts in South China Sea

May 31, 2014 10:44 PM

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US accuses China of 'destabilising' acts in South China Sea

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has warned China against "destabilising actions" in the South China Sea, and backed Japan's plans to take on a more muscular military role as a counterweight to Beijing.

Stressing US commitments to allies and friends in Asia, Hagel called for a peaceful resolution of maritime disputes and issued a blunt message to China, which was represented by a high-level military delegation at a security forum in Singapore.

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