U.S., China grapple over island group

Posted: April 9, 2014 at 5:15 a.m.

Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan leads U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in a review of an honor guard Tuesday at a welcoming ceremony at the Defense Ministry in Beijing.

The United States and China clashed over Japan on Tuesday as the Chinese defense minister asserted that Beijing had “indisputable sovereignty” over a group of islands in the East China Sea and that his country’s military stood ready to protect its interests in territorial disputes.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stands with Chinese counterpart Chang Wanquan for “The Star Spangled Banner” on Tuesday.

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