China, U.S. defense chiefs hold talks at Asia security summit

May 31, 2019

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe and acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan held talks on Friday at an Asia security summit in Singapore, amid heightened tensions between the two countries over trade and security.

The U.S. and China, locked in an escalating trade war, are also at odds over a series of strategic issues, from the disputed South China Sea to democratic Taiwan, claimed by China as its sacred territory, to be taken by force if needed.

Wei and Shanahan are both attending the annual Shangri-La defense forum in Singapore.

(Reporting by Idrees Ali; writing by Joe Brock; editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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