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US defence chief warns China, drawing parallel with Crimea

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (R) reviews honor guards accompanied by Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera (L) at the Japanese Ministry of Defense headquarters in Tokyo on April 6, 2014Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel on Sunday warned China against unilateral action to resolve territorial disputes with its neighbours, drawing a parallel with Russia’s incursion in Ukraine as he announced two more warships would be sent to Japan. Seeking to reassure Washington’s longtime ally Japan, Hagel’s remarks and promise of more missile defence ships came as Tokyo faces a tense row with Beijing over islands in the East China Sea.

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