SINGAPORE — State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe held talks in Singapore with US Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan prior to the opening of the 18th Shangri-La Dialogue on May 31, and the atmosphere was “positive and constructive,” said Wu Qian, spokesperson of the Chinese defense ministry.
This was the Chinese minister’s first talks with Shanahan as US acting defense secretary, and the two discussed Sino-US military relationship, the Korean Peninsula issue and other affairs of joint concern “in a frank and friendly manner,” and they have reached some consensus, Wu said.
“Both sides agreed that it’s very important to maintain a stable Sino-US military relationship,” Wu said. “The two militaries should implement the consensus reached between the two heads of states, deepen exchanges and cooperation, contain divergence and risks, so as to make the relationship the stabilizer of bilateral relations,” he elaborated.
On Taiwan-related issues, the Chinese minister pointed out that the United States has recently taken a series of negative actions, and the Chinese side strongly objects them. “On the matter of safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity, the US side should never underestimate the resolve, determination and capability of the Chinese military,” Wu quoted the minister as saying.
Both sides agreed to jointly push forward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and safeguard the peace and stability of the region, he added.
Wei and Shanahan are in Singapore to attend the 18th Shangri-La Dialogue, also called the Asia Security Summit, and they will each deliver a speech at the plenary sessions on June 1 and June 2.