U.S. Defense Secretary Sounds Softer Note on China’s Military Build-up

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has softened his county’s rhetoric about China’s military buildup, telling a regional security conference in Singapore that he sees “reason to be optimistic” about the U.S.-China relationship. Trish Anderton filed this report from Jakarta. Gates told the Asian security conference that the United States is still concerned about what he called the “opaqueness” of Beijing’s military spending. Full Story

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