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US defence chief Chuck Hagel calls on China to respect its neighbours amid tensions with Japan

US defence chief tells Beijing on eve of visit that 'great powers have great responsibilities' as he announces deployment of warships to Japan

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 April, 2014, 3:53am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 April, 2014, 10:40am

US defence chief Chuck Hagel called on China to use its "great power" responsibly on the eve of his arrival in Beijing today.

He said he would urge China to respect neighbours who are growing increasingly anxious over its stance on territorial disputes.

Hagel also announced in Tokyo yesterday that two US Navy destroyers equipped with missile defence systems would be deployed to Japan by 2017 amid increasing tensions with North Korea.

It will take the number of US warships in Japan to seven.

Watch: US to send two more anti-missile ships to Japan: Hagel

"Great powers have great responsibilities and China is a great power," he said after a meeting with Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera.

Hagel, making his first trip to China in his current role, said he wanted to talk to Beijing about its use of military power and to encourage transparency.

There is mounting concern in Tokyo over China's military build-up and its increasingly assertive posture in the territorial dispute over the Diaoyu Islands - called the Senkakus by Japan - in the East China Sea.

"I will be talking with the Chinese about their respect for their neighbours. Coercion and intimidation are very deadly things that lead only to conflict," he said.

He pointed to Russia's annexation of Crimea as the kind of action that will not be tolerated - a parallel that Japan has drawn previously over China's territorial challenges.

Hagel said: "You cannot go around the world and redefine boundaries and violate territorial integrity and the sovereignty of nations by force, collusion or intimidation, whether it's in small islands in the Pacific or in large nations in Europe."

He said he looked forward to having an honest, straightforward dialogue with the leaders in Beijing to talk about ways the two nations and their militaries can work better together.

Jia Qingguo, a professor of international relations at Peking University, said Hagel's remarks about China avoiding use of coercion and intimidation in territorial disputes was in line with the US stance that disputes should be resolved peacefully. "It may be simply that he thinks that, compared with a year or two ago, the heat of the disputes has given out a little, so a bit more policy transparency is needed," he said.

But Jia said Hagel was wrong to draw parallels between the Russian action in Crimea and the dispute over the Diaoyus.

"The US is quite reasonably concerned about countries forcibly seizing other countries' land after Russia took control of Crimea, but it shouldn't apply to the issues surrounding the Diaoyu Islands," he said.

Shi Yongming, a research fellow at the China Institute of International Studies, said Hagel's drawing of a parallel between the Crimea annexation and the Diaoyus dispute showed the US stance towards the issue was hardening.

"Many American scholars have taken to drawing parallels between the two issues after what happened with Crimea, trying to show China in a bad light. That's a dangerous sign," he said.

"It's an unreasonable comparison. Crimea was a much divided region even before Russia tried to seize it. You cannot compare the two."

He added that the US was probably trying to use the territorial dispute as a tool to limit China's influence in the region, while maintaining its own influence.

Reuters, Associated Press

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johnwe
From Nagel's reception today, China has cleverly ignored his impudent 'advice' to China. But no doubt they are so thick skinned they probably thing they've made their point not seeing it as a snub. They never seem to learn to keep their busy-body trap shut and keep putting their feet in there.
They cant do anything about Russia annexing the Crimea. They talks as if they are pristine white and everyone awaits their precious wisdom. What about their own exclusive Monroe Doctrine, the footholds in Peurto Rico and Guantanamo remnants of their dreadful imperial ambitions?
charles.yu.796
China soes not need anyone to teach them any lesson on "respect" especially toward it's neighbors.
The lesson should be given to the Japanese. (based on the cruel historical events during the recent past.)
Bataan death march, cruelty treatment to the American POW. the experimental Unit 731 of Japanese army in China, comfort women, Nanking massacre, MASSACRE OF MILLIONS OF CIVILIAN ALL OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN ASIA, and MANY MANY MORE. Frankly, Mr. Secretary, you should select your audience more discretly.
Protect Japan is your choice but humiliating people should not be your primary reason for visit China. Using your own word, "Learning how to behave like an important and powerful country"
Sifu_628
Unfortunately, situations like this involving a person of authority extoling favors from a service provider or pressuring a parent to abdicate space for a student is but too common across China where those in authorities or connection (Quanxi) exploit many without! I dined with a Hong Kong based Managing Director of a globally-recognized private-equity company who insists that individuals and entrepreneurs can thrive without excessive reliance on quanxiin China, To those who manage large amount of investment capital, building relationship with officials and business elites can be very doable. For the hundreds of millions of Chinese or foreign businesses without large capital backing or political connection, quanxi is but exclusive game that they loose routinely. Nepotism, cronyism and corruption operate as one. Criticism is futile, for systematic corruption is both endemic and widespread across China; our impetus must be to pursue avenue that enable those without quanxi to gain access to capital, markets and the opportunities to monetize their capabilities in creating the value to serve those markets in an open, fairly-competitive and just operating environment. Until these conditions avail themselves to the general public, quanxi, nepotism, cronyism and corruption will continue reign across China.
Is this not what the students fought against 25 years ago on June 4, 1989!
How About
You mean like how the F111 TFX was 'awarded' to General Dynamics because LBJ was the VP of the USA; and how the big three Wall Street Zaibatsu carved up all of the TARPs? Thank you for sharing with us how the USA operates today.
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The upside of this is China is trying to be more transparent whilst the US is getting more opague by the day.
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Alan Chan
Know the truth my friend.. March 2014, A documentary tracing the history of the Diaoyu Islands has been released at a Theater in Los Angeles in the United States.
The documentary titled, "Diaoyu Islands, The Truth" is made by Hollywood writer and director Chris D. Nebe, and produced by Monarex Hollywood Corporation. It is one of twelve documentaries in the director's "Mysterious China" series, which introduce Chinese history, culture and current developments to the world.
The 40-minute film informed people that the Diaoyu Islands have been Chinese territory since ancient times, and Imperial Japan annexed them from China in 1895 after the First Sino-Japanese War. The Director holds the view that "the Diaoyu Islands conflict goes from the so-called administrative rights of the United States." After the Second World War, instead of returning the islands to China, the United States claimed 'administrative rights.' In 1971, the US gave the islands to Japan, ignoring China's claim.
****youtu.be/4iLDrYIEF8w
Alan Chan
Link : youtu.be/4iLDrYIEF8w
M Miyagi
The United States would be well advised to take her own advice and not behave like a bully. The foul mouthed Nulan who said F the EU is an example of the ugly American. Chuck Hagel and his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera have a lot in common. Equally obscene and senseless. American exceptionalism is becoming more like Japanese recalcitrance. Did war mongers and devil worshippers Itsunori Onodera and Shinzo Abe suc*k clean all the common sense from Chuck Hagel? Or did some Japanese prostitutes F the old bugger out of his mind? Whatever the reason, US government officials is just like their ars$ehole commander-in-chief the Snake of Washington. Hopefully Putin will clobber the US serpant dead!
clc2
A sweeping model of logical reasoning and clarity!
johnyung
"Hagel said: "You cannot go around the world and redefine boundaries and violate territorial integrity and the sovereignty of nations by force, collusion or intimidation, whether it's in small islands in the Pacific or in large nations in Europe."
Diaoyu Island issue came about when Douglas "Emperor of Japan" MacArthur, redefine the administrative of the Island from Ilan County of Taiwan to Okinawa, an Island Japan annexed. Okinawa was its own sovereign Island before that for much of its History. Just like when US annexed the Island Kingdom of Hawaii. Why does no one talks about this.
req
Give him some toilet paper and tell him to wipe his 'mouth'.. the man must walk on his hands....

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