Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe and his US counterpart Lloyd Austin held talks in Singapore on Friday. Photos: AP, Getty Images
Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe and his US counterpart Lloyd Austin held talks in Singapore on Friday. Photos: AP, Getty Images

China, US defence chiefs square off on Taiwan, Ukraine in first face-to-face talks

  • Lloyd Austin urged Beijing to refrain from destabilising actions, while Wei Fenghe said the PLA would ‘fight at all costs’ to defend Chinese sovereignty
  • Both sides called for more communication and – despite the tussle over Taiwan – Beijing described the meeting as ‘candid and constructive’

Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe and his US counterpart Lloyd Austin held talks in Singapore on Friday. Photos: AP, Getty Images
Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe and his US counterpart Lloyd Austin held talks in Singapore on Friday. Photos: AP, Getty Images
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