Hagel to China: Respect Your Neighbors

TIME

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has confirmed America’s commitment to defend Japan, and demanded that China respect the territorial claims of other nations in the region.

Hagel made the remarks in a press conference in Tokyo on Sunday, ahead of his first trip to China as America’s defense chief. He urged China to embrace the responsibility that comes with being a global power, and rejected attempts by powerful nations to bully their smaller neighbors.

“With this power comes new and wider responsibilities as to how you use that power, how you employ that military power,” said Hagel, as he stood side by side with Japanese Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera.

“I want to talk with the Chinese about all of that,” Hagel said, “particularly transparency — a key dimension of relationships. Transparency, intentions, what governments are doing, why.”

The U.S.’s top defense official also took time to criticize…

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