SINGAPORE (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned an international security conference Saturday that the U.S. "will not look the other way" when nations such as China try to restrict navigation or ignore international rules and standards.
China's territorial claims in the South China Sea are destabilizing the region, and its failure to resolve disputes with other nations threatens East Asia's long-term progress, Hagel said.
For the second year in a row, Hagel used the podium at the Shangri-La conference to call out China for cyberspying against the U.S. While this has been a persistent complaint by the U.S., his remark came less than two weeks after the U.S. charged five Chinese military officers with hacking into American companies to steal trade secrets. Video and full story
Caption: U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, meets with Vietnam's Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh, right, before the start of their meeting, Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Singapore. Hagel traveled to Singapore to attend the 13th Asia Security Summit. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)