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Hagel: China Acted 'Irresponsibly' in Stand-Off With US Naval Vessel

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says China acted in an "unhelpful" and "irresponsible" manner during a stand-off with a U.S. naval vessel in the South China Sea this month. Hagel made the comment during a news conference at the Pentagon Thursday. He referred to an incident December 5 in which a U.S. missile cruiser nearly collided with a Chinese warship. U.S. officials have said the USS Cowpens had to take evasive action to avoid a collision when the Chinese ship...

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