A question-and-answer session with Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe on Sunday was tightly controlled. Photo: AFP

China sends message at Shangri-La Dialogue amid tight media control

  • Defence minister makes strong statements about Taiwan and South China Sea at regional security forum but format is strictly controlled
  • Chinese ‘negotiated very hard’ with organisers to manage Wei Fenghe’s appearance at the event
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A question-and-answer session with Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe on Sunday was tightly controlled. Photo: AFP
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Beijing made the right decision to send in the troops to end a student protest in 1989, China’s current defence chief said on Sunday. Photo: AP

Tiananmen Square crackdown, Xinjiang … China’s defence minister says Beijing got them both right

  • Killing of hundreds of Chinese citizens in 1989 validated by nation’s economic successes in decades since, Wei Fenghe says at Shangri-La Dialogue
  • Use of ‘vocational training centres’ in Xinjiang has improved people’s quality of life
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Beijing made the right decision to send in the troops to end a student protest in 1989, China’s current defence chief said on Sunday. Photo: AP
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