Shangri-La Dialogue 2023: China and US defense ministers shake hands but no “substantial exchanges”, US calls on Beijing to engage in dialogue – BBC News 中文

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“The more we talk, the more we can avoid misunderstandings and miscalculations that could lead to crises or conflicts,” said US Defense Secretary Austin.

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin expressed “deep concern” about China’s reluctance to engage in military crisis management at the Shangri-La Asia Security Summit in Singapore on June 3.

In his speech at the summit titled “US Leadership in the Indo-Pacific Region,” he said, “For responsible defense leaders, any time is a good time to speak,” and “the more we talk, the more we avoid misunderstandings and miscalculations that could lead to crises or conflicts”.

Austin stressed that a war in the Taiwan Strait would be devastating and affect the global economy “in ways we can’t even imagine.” He pointed out that the United States is firmly committed to maintaining the status quo in Taiwan, “a conflict is neither imminent nor inevitable,” and will maintain the strong deterrent force of the United States.

China criticized “an alarming number of dangerous interceptions of US and allied aircraft” in international airspace, and reiterated that the US will support allies and partners against “coercion and bullying”.


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