Sunday, 18 August, 2019

Acting US Defense Chief Criticizes China's Bad Behavior

US Acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan calling on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana Shanahan to Call Out China over South China Sea
Patty Aguilar | 02 June, 2019, 00:45

"The Indo-Pacific is our priority theater".

US allies and partners who had feared that they will have to choose sides, as articulated in the summit keynote by Singapore's prime minister the previous evening, were also allayed by Shanahan, who stressed that the U.S.

Shanahan's speech was however less confrontational than had been widely expected in some quarters, rejecting a suggestion during the question-and-answer question that there is a "face-off" between the USA and China.

Shanahan told reporters Friday that the US needs to do a better job of describing its level of commitment to the region, including military exercises, training and other activities.

But he also said Shanahan and Wei found room for agreement on the need for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and efforts to improve communication between the us and China. While taking questions from the floor after his speech, he added: "We're not going to ignore Chinese behavior".

China welcomes the USA wish to develop a stable relationship between the militaries of the two counties, but "we resolutely reject" some "false remarks" made by Shanahan when addressing a plenary session at the dialogue, said Shao.

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Speaking to reporters after Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe's meeting with Shanahan, Wu noted that the US has recently "had a series of negative words and deeds" on Taiwan issues. "I think this is indeed a voice from the worldwide community", said Zhao Xiaozhuo, a researcher from the PLA Academy of Military Science.

He said his broader message to the Shangri-La Dialogue security conference will emphasize what the USA has done to expand its commitment to the Indo-Pacific region, against the backdrop of China's growing influence and massive military buildup. Jeong said the RoK supported Việt Nam's stance on the settlement of disputes by peaceful means in line with global law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

But he went on to restate America's distrust of Huawei, the world's No. 1 network equipment provider and second-largest smartphone maker.

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He also dismissed suggestions that his speech this year was much of the same as that voiced by previous USA speakers at the summit, pointing out that this time there was funding, resources, and a plan to back them up.

"That's too much risk for the department", said Shanahan. "We are where we belong". Angus King, an independent from ME, said Shanahan "distinguished himself" in his remarks, including assertions that conflict with China is not inevitable.

Later, Shanahan did directly reference Beijing, saying that it had once been a partner with the United States in the region's prosperity, but would have to change the way it operated to be that positive partner again. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, said she was impressed and is now more inclined to support him.

King stopped short of saying he would vote for Shanahan when his nomination hits the Senate, but Sen.

Beijing has warned the U.S. 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.

For a long time, the normal navigation and overflight activities in the South China Sea region by various countries have always been smooth and uninterrupted.

Chinese defense ministry spokesman Wu Qian said both had "reached some consensus" on issues of common concern, adding that Wei "particularly emphasized the Taiwan issue".

The US defense secretary said Washington and Beijing had a host of trust issues that needed to be addressed, including over 5G communications networks - an issue where Washington has been at odds with China's industry leader Huawei.

Wu told reporters that the US has recently "had a series of negative words and deeds" on Taiwan issues.

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