News / USA

US, Mongolia Bolster Military Ties During Hagel Visit

  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Beijing, China, April 9, 2014. (Department of Defense)
     
  • Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is given a tour by a Chinese military officer at the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy in Beijing, China April 9, 2014. (Department of Defense)
  • Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is given a tour by a Chinese military officer at the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy in Beijing, China, April 9, 2014. (Department of Defense)
  • Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel eats lunch with two non-commissioned officers and several Chinese military commissioned officers at the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy in Beijing, China, April 9, 2014. (Department of Defense)
  • Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel greets Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi at Zhongnanhai in Beijing, China, April 9, 2014. (Department of Defense)
  • Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel stands with Chinese Minister of Defense Chang Wanquan at an honors ceremony in Beijing, China April 8, 2014. (Department of Defense)
  • Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel holds a joint press conference with Chinese Minister of Defense Chang Wanquan in Beijing, China, April 8, 2014. (Department of Defense)
  • Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel shakes hands with a traditional Chinese dancer after an official dinner in Beijing, China, April 8, 2014. (Department of Defense)
  • Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel meets with Chinese Minister of Defense Chang Wanquan in Beijing, China, April 8, 2014. (Department of Defense)
Hagel Visits China
VOA News
The United States and Mongolia are bolstering military ties under a deal signed in Ulan Bator by Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel.

The Mongolian capital is the last stop on the defense secretary's 10-day Asia tour, which has also included visits in China and Japan.

Under the "joint vision statement" signed Thursday, the United States will provide expanded military training and assistance to Mongolia.

The U.S. currently provides about $3 million in military sales and training to the Asian country, which borders China and Russia.

Hagel's stop included visits with senior Mongolian officials, as well as soldiers who have served alongside U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The defense secretary arrived in Ulan Bator from Beijing, where he met Wednesday with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Both leaders focused their public remarks on developing warmer U.S.-China relations, unlike Hagel's previous comments in Beijing.

Throughout the three-day stop, Hagel called on Beijing to lessen tension with its neighbors and be more transparent about its military strength.

Specifically, he renewed U.S. criticism of the air defense identification zone set up by China last year that covers islands claimed by Tokyo.

He also said the United States is committed to fulfilling its treaty obligations to defend Japan and the Philippines in the case of any conflict with China.

Hagel's Chinese counterpart, Chang Wangquan, stood firm, vowing Beijing will make no compromise on the territorial disputes.

Japan and the Philippines are among several Asian countries that accuse China of using intimidation to advance its maritime claims.

Many countries have strengthened military ties with the United States as a result, leading China to complain Washington is trying to contain its rise.

U.S. officials dispute the claim, saying the White House's renewed Asian focus is aimed at protecting international law and freedom of navigation.

You May Like

US Border Patrol Union Accused of Taking Sides on Immigration

Report alleges agents leaking info to immigration opponents, appearing at their private events; Center for Immigration Studies director defends agents' actions More

Video Blind Somali Journalist Defies Odds in Mogadishu

Reporting from Somali capital for past decade, Abdifatah Hassan Kalgacal has been working at one of Mogadishu's leading radio stations covering parliament More

Video Rights Monitor: Hate Groups' Use of Internet to Inflame, Recruit Growing

Wiesenthal Center's Abraham Cooper says extremists have become skilled at celebrating violence, ideology on Web More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Hate Groups Spread Influence Via Interneti
X
Mike O'Sullivan
June 30, 2015 8:20 PM
Hate groups of various kinds are using the Internet for propaganda and recruitment, and a Jewish human rights organization that monitors these groups, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, says their influence is growing. The messages are different, but the calls to hatred or violence are similar. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports.
Video

Video Hate Groups Spread Influence Via Internet

Hate groups of various kinds are using the Internet for propaganda and recruitment, and a Jewish human rights organization that monitors these groups, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, says their influence is growing. The messages are different, but the calls to hatred or violence are similar. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports.
Video

Video US Silica Sand Mining Surge Worries Illinois Residents, Businesses

Increased domestic U.S. oil and gas production, thanks to advances known as “fracking,” has created a boom for other industries supporting that extraction. Demand for silica sand, used in fracking, could triple over the next five years. In the Midwest state of Illinois, people living near the mines are worried about how increased silica sand mining will affect their businesses and their health. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh has more in this first of a series of reports.
Video

Video Blind Somali Journalist Defies Odds in Mogadishu

Despite improving security in the last few years, Somalia remains one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist – even more so for someone who cannot see. Abdulaziz Billow has the story of journalist Abdifatah Hassan Kalgacal, who has been reporting from the Somali capital for the last decade despite being blind.
Video

Video Texas Defies Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Texas state officials have criticized the US Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry nationwide. The attorney general of Texas says last week's decision did not overrule constitutional "rights of religious liberty," and therefore officials performing wedding services can refuse to perform them for same-sex couples if it is against their religious beliefs. Zlatica Hoke reports on the controversy.
Video

Video Syrians Flee IS Advance in Hasaka

The Syrian government said Monday it has taken back one of several districts in Hasaka overrun by Islamic State militants. But continued fighting elsewhere in the northern city has forced thousands of civilians from their homes. In this report narrated by Bill Rodgers, VOA Kurdish Service reporter Zana Omer describes the scene in Amouda, where some of the displaced are taking refuge.
Video

Video Rabbi Hits Road to Heal Jewish-Muslim Relations in France

France is on high alert after last week's terrorist attack near the city Lyon, just six months after deadly Paris shootings. The attack have added new tensions to relations between French Jews and Muslims. France’s Jewish and Muslim communities also share a common heritage, though, and as far as one French rabbi is concerned, they are destined to be friends. From the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, Lisa Bryant reports about Rabbi Michel Serfaty and his friendship bus.
Video

Video S. Korea Christians Protest Gay Rights Festival

The U.S. Supreme Court decision mandating marriage equality nationwide has energized gay rights supporters around the world. Gay rights remain a highly contentious issue in a key U.S. ally, South Korea, where police did a deft job Sunday of preventing potential clashes between Christian protesters and gay activists. Kurt Achin reports from Seoul.
Video

Video Saudi Leaks Expose ‘Checkbook Diplomacy’ In Battle With Iran

Saudi Arabia’s willingness to wield its oil money on the global diplomatic stage appears to have been laid bare, after the website WikiLeaks published tens of thousands of leaked cables from Riyadh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video Nubians in Kenya Face Land Challenges

East Africa's ethnic Nubians have a rich cultural history that dates back thousands of years, but in Kenya they are facing hardships, including the loss of lands they have lived on for generations. They say the government has reneged on its pledge to award them title deeds for the plots. VOA's Lenny Ruvaga reports.
Video

Video Military Experts Question New Russian Tank Capabilities

Russia has been showing off its new tank design – the Armata T-14. Designers claim it is 20 years ahead of current Western designs - and driving it feels like playing a computer game. But military analysts question those assertions, and warn the cost could be too heavy a burden for Russia’s struggling economy. Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video In Kenya, Police Said to Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

An organization that documents torture and extrajudicial killings says Kenyan police were responsible for 1,252 shooting deaths in five cities, including Nairobi, between 2009 and 2014, representing 67 percent of all gun deaths in the areas reviewed. Gabe Joselow has more from Nairobi.
Video

Video In Syrian Crisis, Social Media Offer Small Comforts

Za’atari, a makeshift city in Jordan, may be the only Syrian refugee camp to tweet its activities, in an effort to keep donors motivated as the war in Syria intensifies and the humanitarian crisis deepens. Inside the camp, families say mobile phone applications help hold together families that are physically torn apart. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports.

VOA Blogs