Acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan with Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe. Photo: Kyodo

US-China rivalry will continue to roil Asia – even as Beijing and Washington avoid military clash

  • Defence chiefs Patrick Shanahan and Wei Fenghe showed they were open to cooperation and hinted at a level of mutual understanding on security issues at the recent Shangri-La Dialogue
  • But neither side will cede ground on security priorities so the Sino-US strategic stalemate will continue to shape regional diplomacy
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Acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan with Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe. Photo: Kyodo
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China’s defence minister General Wei Fenghe due to speak at the region’s annual security summit, the Shangri-La Dialogue, next week on China’s role in the Indo-Pacific. Photo: Handout
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China speaking out at Shangri-La Dialogue is welcome if overdue

  • It is eight years since a high-ranking general has represented China at the regional security summit in Singapore. Thankfully, that is about to change

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China’s defence minister General Wei Fenghe due to speak at the region’s annual security summit, the Shangri-La Dialogue, next week on China’s role in the Indo-Pacific. Photo: Handout
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