08 April 2014

Hagel tours China's new aircraft carrier | RallyPoint.com

Military News - Hagel tours China's new aircraft carrier

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By Lolita C. Baldor
Copyright: The Associated Press

BEIJING — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got a rare tour Monday of China’s first aircraft carrier, becoming the first foreign visitor to go aboard the ship, according to Chinese leaders.

But in a speech planned for Tuesday, Hagel will point to cyber as an example of an area where the U.S. would like the Chinese to be more transparent, said a senior U.S. official who was not authorized to talk publicly about the speech in advance of its delivery and therefore spoke only on grounds of anonymity.

Hagel arrived in Beijing Monday after a stop in Japan, where he told reporters that China must be more open about its military buildup and better respect its neighbors — a pointed reference to Beijing’s ongoing territorial dispute with Japan and others over remote islands in the East China Sea.

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