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Clinton says US could 'ring China with missile defense'

  • FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2012 file photo, then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during her joint conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing when talks between Clinton and Chinese leaders failed to narrow gaps on how to end the crisis in Syria and how to resolve Beijing's territorial disputes with its smaller neighbors over the South China Sea. Clinton privately said the U.S. would "ring China with missile defense" if the Chinese government failed to curb North Korea's nuclear program, a potential hint at how the former secretary of state would act if elected president. Clinton's remarks were revealed by WikiLeaks in a hack of the Clinton campaign chairman's personal account. (Feng Li/Pool Photo via AP, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2012 file photo, then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during her joint conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing when talks between Clinton and Chinese leaders failed to narrow gaps on how to end the crisis in Syria and how to resolve Beijing's territorial disputes with its smaller neighbors over the South China Sea. Clinton privately said the U.S. would "ring China with missile defense" if the Chinese government failed to curb North Korea's nuclear program, a potential hint at how the former secretary of state would act if elected president. Clinton's remarks were revealed by WikiLeaks in a hack of the Clinton campaign chairman's personal account. (Feng Li/Pool Photo via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2012 file photo, then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left, shakes hands with then Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Clinton privately said the U.S. would "ring China with missile defense" if the Chinese government failed to curb North Korea's nuclear program, a potential hint at how the former secretary of state would act if elected president. Clinton's remarks were revealed by WikiLeaks in a hack of the Clinton campaign chairman's personal account. (Minoru Iwasaki/Pool Photo via AP, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2012 file photo, then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left, shakes hands with then Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Clinton privately said the U.S. would "ring China with missile defense" if the Chinese government failed to curb North Korea's nuclear program, a potential hint at how the former secretary of state would act if elected president. Clinton's remarks were revealed by WikiLeaks in a hack of the Clinton campaign chairman's personal account. (Minoru Iwasaki/Pool Photo via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2012 file photo, then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left, shakes hands with then Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Clinton privately said the U.S. would "ring China with missile defense" if the Chinese government failed to curb North Korea's nuclear program, a potential hint at how the former secretary of state would act if elected president. Clinton's remarks were revealed by WikiLeaks in a hack of the Clinton campaign chairman's personal account. (Minoru Iwasaki/Pool Photo via AP, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2012 file photo, then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left, shakes hands with then Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Clinton privately said the U.S. would "ring China with missile defense" if the Chinese government failed to curb North Korea's nuclear program, a potential hint at how the former secretary of state would act if elected president. Clinton's remarks were revealed by WikiLeaks in a hack of the Clinton campaign chairman's personal account. (Minoru Iwasaki/Pool Photo via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton privately said the U.S. would "ring China with missile defense" if the Chinese government failed to curb North Korea's nuclear program.

Clinton's comments were revealed by WikiLeaks in a hack of the Clinton campaign chairman's personal account. The emails include a document excerpting Clinton's private speeches, which she has refused to release.

China has harshly criticized the U.S. and South Korea's planned deployment of a missile-defense system against North Korea, which conducted its fifth nuclear test this year. But Clinton said she told Chinese officials that the U.S. might deploy additional ships to the region.

She also derided China's claims to almost all of the South China Sea, saying that by China's logic, the U.S. after World War II could have labeled the Pacific Ocean the "American Sea."