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#China slams #US defence chief #Hagel for 'threats': state TV #IISS_asia

#China slams #US defence chief #Hagel for 'threats': state TV #IISS_asia

BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese military official on Saturday blasted the United States for making "threats" after the US defence chief accused Beijing of inflaming tensions in the disputed South China Sea, state television reported. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had denounced China's "destabilising, unilateral actions asserting its claims in the South China Sea", at a security forum in Singapore which both officials are attending. The Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Wang Guanzhong described Mr Hagel's comments as baseless, and condemned him for making them to a public audience of fellow defence chiefs, diplomats and security experts attending the annual Shangri-La Dialogue. "This speech is full of hegemony, full of incitement, threats, intimidation," Mr Wang was quoted as saying by a reporter from state broadcaster China Central Televi...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/east-asia/story/chi...

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