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Q&A Beattie / Blaxland / Singapore Security Conference


The Highest-Ranking Chinese General Attending A Security Summit In Singapore Lashed Out At Both Japan And The United States For Criticizing Beijing's Activities In Disputed Areas Of The South China Sea. L.T. General Wang Guanzhong, Deputy Chief Of China's General Staff, Told The Shangri-La Dialogue That Comments By Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe And US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Were Provocative And Unacceptable And Suggested They Were Coordinated. Mr. Hagel Saturday Accused China Of Destabilizing And Unilateral Actions Asserting Its Claims In The South China Sea. He Said Washington Would Not Look The Other Way If International Order Is Threatened. Friday, Mr. Abe Pledged Japan's Utmost Support To Southeast Asian Nations In Their Efforts To Ensure The Security Of Their Seas And Airspace. He Also Vowed Japan Would Play A Greater, More Proactive Role In Peacemaking. John Blaxland, A Senior Fellow And Security Analyst At The Australian National University, Told VOA's Victor Beattie China, The United States And Japan Are No Further Apart On Maritime Tensions, But The Summit Brought The Dispute Out Into The Open.

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