US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is in China for a visit.
He has met with China's defense minister Liang Guanglie in Beijing.
The visit came amid persisting tension in the East China Sea, after Japan claimed it "bought" part of China's Diaoyu Islands from their so-called "private owner".
China's defense chief said he hopes the Diaoyu Islands issue with Japan will be peacefully resolved but he also warned of "further actions."
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