US, China defense chiefs clash over China territorial disputes

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While diplomatically calling for more dialogue between their two countries, US defense chiefs Chuck Hagel and his Chinese counterpart General Chang Wanquan traded warnings and rebukes during a meeting in Beijing. One member of the audience told Hagel the US feared China’s rise and was sowing trouble among its neighbors to “hamper” Beijing because it will one day be too big a challenge to cope with. Hagel denied this, even as he emphasized that the US commitment to its allies in the region is “unwavering.”

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