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Published: 01 June,2024 | Updated: 01 June,2024
Chinese, U.S. defense ministers meet in Singapore

Singapore, May 31(AseanAll)  — Chinese Defense Minister Dong Jun and U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin met on May 31,2024 during the 21st Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, according to the Chinese Ministry of National Defense.

Photo source:U.S. Department of Defense

During their talks, Dong Jun said the international community expects a healthy development of military-to-military relations between the two countries and hopes that the United States and China can meet each other halfway, earnestly implement the consensus reached by the two heads of state, and explore a correct way for the two militaries to get along.

Dong Jun stressed that the Chinese side firmly opposes the U.S. side's serious violation of its commitments and its act to send wrong signals to "Taiwan independence" separatist forces.

He said China demands that the United States should not support "Taiwan independence" by providing military aid in any way.

On issues such as the Ren'ai Reef, China is committed to resolving differences through consultation on an equal footing, but will never ignore acts that escalate provocations, Dong Jun said.

The two sides also exchanged views on other issues.