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Topic - Chang Wanquan
The defense chiefs of China and the U.S. faced off Tuesday over Beijing's escalating territorial disputes in the region, with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel telling his Chinese counterparts they do not have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands with no consultation.
Obama administration officials are apparently pleased with Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan's recent visit to the United States, yielding agreements to increase high-level contacts, affirming a new working group to address cybersecurity issues, and even to begin humanitarian and disaster-relief exercises.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will depart Thursday on a tour of Southeast Asia to meet with U.S. allies increasingly concerned over China's aggressive pursuit of its maritime territorial claims.
The Pentagon is reaching out to the Chinese military to get its cooperation in managing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, Pentagon officials said.
"On cyberspace, China adheres to the principle of peace, security, openness, and cooperation," Gen. Chang said. "The defense activity of the [People's Liberation Army] in cyberspace abides by the domestic law and the universally recognized law. It will not pose a threat to others."
Seeking Chinese cooperation by offering the cyber war briefing as a concession "betrays the most dangerous sort of naivet on the part of the Pentagon and any diplomats who recommended it," he added.