That is the view of analysts who warn increasingly aggressive maneuvers by Chinese fighter jets — accused of endangering both Canadian and Australian aircraft and crew in recent incidents — are a sign Beijing is pushing its territorial claims to a dangerous new level. CNN
Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe on Sunday accused the United States of being a “bully” and “hijacking” countries around the region, during a combative speech in which he said his country would “fight to the very end” to stop Taiwanese independence. CNN
Chinese military officials in recent months have repeatedly asserted that the Taiwan Strait isn’t international waters during meetings with US counterparts, according to a person familiar with the situation, generating concern within the Biden administration. Bloomberg
“We request the U.S. side to stop smearing and containing China. Stop interfering in China’s internal affairs. The bilateral relationship cannot improve unless the U.S. side can do that,” he told delegates at the dialogue, Asia’s top defense conference. CNBC
SINGAPORE—China’s defense minister said the country’s nuclear weapons buildup is an appropriate response to a more threatening international environment, a rare official acknowledgment of Beijing’s expanding nuclear arsenal. WSJ
China has warned the US that any attempt to make Taiwan independent from China will trigger military action by Beijing’s forces.
Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe met his US counterpart Lloyd Austin on the sidelines of an Asian security summit in Singapore.
Splitting Taiwan from China would leave the Chinese military with no choice but to “fight at any cost”, Mr Wei said. BBC
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The United States will do its part to manage tensions with China even though Beijing is becoming increasingly aggressive in Asia, including near Taiwan, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said. Reuters