BEIJING (AP) — The defense chiefs of China and the U.S. faced off Tuesday over Beijing's escalating territorial disputes in the region, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, wagging his finger, said China doesn't have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands with no consultation.
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will Tuesday urge China to pursue a more open dialogue about cyber-warfare and other sensitive issues to avert potential crises between the two powers, officials said. Hagel was due to make the appeal in talks with his counterpart General Chang Wanquan in Beijing a day after Chinese officers allowed the Pentagon chief to tour the country's first aircraft carrier in Qingdao, a rare move by the usually secretive People's Liberation Army. US officials said the visit to the carrier marked a promising step by the Chinese but the two sides remained deeply divided over regional territorial disputes, the threat posed by North Korea and cyber-spying, with each side trading accusations of digital espionage. In a speech Tuesday at the PLA's National Defence University, Hagel planned to urge China to be more open about its cyber capabilities to defuse tensions and avoid an inadvertent conflict, a senior defence official said.