U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has accused China of "destabilizing actions" in the South China Sea.
In a speech Saturday, Hagel told defense officials at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore that Washington would not "look the other way" if international order is threatened.
He accused China of restricting the Philippines' access to Scarborough Shoal, beginning land reclamation at various locations in the South China Sea and erecting an oil rig in disputed waters with Vietnam.
Hagel said China has undertaken destabilizing, unilateral actions asserting its claims in the South China Sea. He called for a peaceful resolution of international disputes.