Chuck Hagel launched his first trip to Asia as secretary of defense from Hawaii, telling troops of the U.S. Pacific Command the toughest battle ahead is in cyberspace.
“This is a very difficult, but real and dangerous threat. And there is no higher priority for our country," he said.
Arriving at the Shangri-La security summit in Singapore, Hagel wasted no time in naming the source of much of that threat.
"The United States has expressed our concerns about the growing threat of cyber intrusions, some of which appear to be tied to the Chinese government and military," he said.
Hagel's main objective in Singapore was to reassure Asia-Pacific partners including Japan and South Korea that the administration's strategy of rebalancing to the Pacific remains on track, despite Washington's budget troubles.
The Pentagon is proceeding with plans to shift 60 percent of its naval assets to the Pacific. Hagel on Sunday visited sailors aboard the combat ship USS Freedom, now deployed in Singapore.
The rebalance has sparked questions from the Chinese, who perceive the strategy as a U.S. attempt to contain China's growing influence in the Asia-Pacific.
Through greater, more visible engagement, Hagel brought the message the United States welcomes a strong and emerging China, one that will be a responsible partner that will contribute to security in this region.
1.cyberspace n. 网络空间；赛博空间
She travels in cyberspace by sending messages to friends around the world.
2.reassure vt. 使…安心，使消除疑虑
They tried to reassure her, but she still felt anxious.
3.rebalance vt. 再平衡；调整
Chinese officials say such consumer demand is helping to rebalance the economy away from exports.
4.perceive as 视为；当作
Gold and bonds, widely perceived as havens for scared money, rose.