Addressing regional defense chiefs during a speech in Singapore, US Defense Chief Shanahan was diplomatic in his approach to warn Asian nations about the Chinese threat and did not name names when slamming China’s growing influence in the region.
Beijing has warned the USA not to underestimate its resolve to protect its sovereignty, just as the acting Pentagon chief effectively accused China of undermining regional stability and urged allies to boost their defense budgets.
Amid unprecedented tensions between USA and China, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan held brief talks with Defense Minister Wei Fenghe in Singapore to discuss an array of security issues.
However, the two military leaders did agree to work on reducing tensions in the Pacific during their 20-minute discussion on the sidelines of the three-day Shangri-La Dialogue security summit.
Amid the rising tensions in the Pacific, exacerbated by the Sino-American trade war, Chinese president Xi Jinping recently ordered his army to be prepared for a potential war.
For now, the summit attendees eagerly await Wei’s speech on Sunday, where he is reportedly expected to slam United States’ bullish behavior in the Indo-Pacific.
Chinese troops should ramp up training, advance top-notch technology and, above all, prepare for war.
Taiwan is one of the issues that add fuel to a USA-China spat since President Donald Trump vowed military support to the island. China has denounced the move, warning the US regime against meddling in its internal affairs.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point WW III News 2019.