By Kevin Cirilli - 05/31/14 10:15 AM EDT
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel 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."