China “will not hesitate to start a war” if Taiwan declares its independence, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Defense assured Friday after a meeting between Chinese Minister Wei Fenghe and his American counterpart Lloyd Austin in Singapore.
It is a summit meeting which took place this Friday in Singapore between China and the USA. It is also the first time that the two powers have met around a table since the incursion of 30 Chinese military aircraft into the Taiwan air defense identification zone, the largest operation of its kind carried out by Paékin in 2022.
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New: US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin meets Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. Austin reiterates US’ longstanding committment to One China-Policy, also cautioning against the “unilateral” change of status quo on #Taiwan pic.twitter.com/OBwPwbwh6Y
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It is therefore in a tense context that Wei Fenghe met this Friday, June 10, Lloyd Austin for the first time since the latter took office.
Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe said talks with United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin went “smoothly and frankly.” The two top military officials met ahead of Shangri-La Dialogue security summit opening in Singapore on Friday, June 10. #OurWorld pic.twitter.com/SoNsQvL6K1
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A meeting held on the sidelines of the “Shangri-la Dialogue” security forum held in the city-state, CGTV reported. The pair had previously chatted by phone in April.
It is impossible to use issues related to Taiwan as a means to contain #Chinasaid Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe, adding that any “Taiwan independence” attempt will be crushed, during talks with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in Singapore on Friday. pic.twitter.com/wtmgYroPSE
— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) June 10, 2022
During these exchanges, the Chinese Minister of Defense Wei Fenghe allegedly threatened that “If anyone dares to separate Taiwan from China, the Chinese military will not hesitate for a moment to start a war, no matter what the cost”. Comments reported by Wu Qian, the spokesperson for the Minister of Defense at the end of this meeting with the American Lloyd Austin.