U.S. Brands China's Behavior in South China Sea Ship Encounter 'Irresponsible'
Description:China's behavior in a narrowly averted naval collision in the South China Sea was both "unhelpful" and "irresponsible," U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday, warning against incidents could escalate existing U.S.-Chinese tensions. "That action by the Chinese, cutting in front of, their ship, 100 yards in front of the Cowpens was not a responsible action. It was unhelpful; it was irresponsible," Hagel told reporters at the Pentagon.(1:04)