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US Defense Secretary Tours China’s New Aircraft Carrier

8 April 2014

The United States’ campaign to encourage China to be more open about its military growth and intentions got a symbolic boost on Monday, when US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got a tour of China’s first aircraft carrier, becoming the first foreign visitor to go aboard the ship. A US official speaking on condition of anonymity said that in a speech planned for Tuesday, Hagel will point to cyber activities as an example of an area where the US would like the Chinese to be more transparent. Hagel arrived in Beijing Monday after a stop in Japan. He has meetings planned there with Chinese leaders.—AP