MANILA, Philippines – A high-ranking United States official warns China over its territorial claim in the disputed waters, particularly in the East China Sea where the latter is embroiled in a long-standing conflict with Japan.
The United States defense chief, Chuck Hagel, promised to bring more missile defense ships to Japan on top of two war ships already on its way amid the escalating tension between two Asian economic giants over some disputed islands in East China Sea – the Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu to China).
Hagel’s statement, which draws parallelism to Russia’s incursion in Ukraine, was announced during his visit to Tokyo recently.
“I think we’re seeing some clear evidence of a lack of respect, and coercion and intimidation with … what the Russians have done in Ukraine,” he said in a news conference.
“All nations deserve respect, no matter how large or how small,” the Pentagon chief added. (Click here to read more)