Hagel takes aim at China

Defense Secretary Chuck HagelChuck HagelSpy agencies changed rules, making it easier to unmask members of Congress Pentagon withholding nuclear weapons inspection results: report Lobbying World 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.

Hagel also criticized the Chinese for cyber-hacking. Last week, U.S. officials charged five Chinese military officers in connection with hacking U.S. companies.

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."