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China-U.S. relationship "important for security" in Asia-pacific: Hagel

Monday, August 19, 2013 - 01:34

Aug. 19 - In their first Pentagon meeting, U.S. Secretary of Defense Hagel discusses with Chinese Defense Minister Chang military joint-exercises, cyber security. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan meet for the first time at Pentagon, discuss joint-training, cybersecurity. "The China-U.S. relationship is important for security and stability in the Asia-Pacific," Hagel told reporters at the start of a news conference. "Today, our Military Maritime Consultative Agreement working group is meeting in Hawaii to discuss humanitarian assistance and disaster relief," Hagel said, with other joint exercises planned in the near future. Ties between the world's two largest economies have been strained of late by U.S. accusations of Chinese hacking attacks, and China's anger at revelations by fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden of U.S. electronic surveillance activities in China and Hong Kong. "China's government consistently oppose and crack down the cyber crimes according to our laws, and the Chinese military has never supported any form of hacker activities," the Defense Minister said. Cyber security was also the focus of talks between U.S President Barack Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping when they met in California in June. Hagel will visit China next year, also announced at the joint press conference.

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China-U.S. relationship "important for security" in Asia-pacific: Hagel

Monday, August 19, 2013 - 01:34