Defense Secretary Chuck HagelChuck HagelSenators tear into Marines on nude photo scandal Lobbying World Who will temper Trump after he takes office? MORE criticized China on Saturday for its territorial claims in the South China Sea, as well as for its cyber-hacking.
"All nations of the region, including China, have a choice: to unite, and recommit to a stable regional order, or, to walk away from that commitment and risk the peace and security that has benefited millions of people throughout the Asia-Pacific, and billions of people around the world," Hagel said in a speech while speaking at a conference in Singapore.
The Chinese then suspended their involvement from a U.S.-China Cyber Working Group.
Hagel said that "dialogue is essential for reducing the risk of miscalculation and escalation in cyberspace."