China's U.S. Ambassador Plays Down Tensions After Hagel Trip

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April 11, 2014 AT 5:49 AM
China's ambassador to the United States on Thursday played down the tense exchange this week in Beijing between Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Chinese counterpart and praised the frank talk between the two countries. Ambassador Cui Tiankai spoke after Hagel's meeting on Tuesday with Defense Minister Chang Wanquan, who called on the United States to restrain Japan and chided another U.S. ally, the Philippines. Tiankai said, "He had a very substantive and direct exchange with his Chinese counterpart," adding, "Our relations with Japan are much longer than your relations with Japan."